SCANZ Conference 2018
Nov
29
to 30 Nov

SCANZ Conference 2018

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We’re very excited about this year’s SCANZ conference on the theme: Diversity and community

We want to see and hear about the diversity of science communication activities and science communication research being carried out in NZ; about the diversity of scientists and communicators engaging the community in NZ; and about the role of diverse communities in communicating science.

Full details on our conference page.

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Apr
9
to 12 Apr

Science Communication Research Retreat: Writing, Thinking & Collaborating

As many of you are aware, next April the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2018) is bringing scholars and practitioners of science communication and public engagement to New Zealand from all around the world.

We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us the following week to decompress, expand your ideas, and build deeper connections with other colleagues in this field. This event is open to anyone - including Science Technology and Society (STS) and other public engagement scholars and practitioners who are not intending on joining the PCST conference.

The retreat will take place from the afternoon of Monday, April 9th, until the morning of Thursday, April 12th, at the beautiful Waihoanga Centre, about an hour north of Wellington. While we hope that participants will join for the whole time, we also understand that you might have other commitments -- so you're welcome to come for just part of the time as well (contact us if you have specific requirements).

The cost of the retreat is NZ$380 per person, which will include all meals and accommodation. There is a cap of 30 attendees.

Bookings are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/science-communication-research-retreat-writing-thinking-collaborating-tickets-41378921468?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

We hope to see you there.

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Apr
7
9:30 am09:30

SCANZ-ASC Cross-Tasman Challenge

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It’s time for both sides of the Tasman to show their communication skills off in a battle to end them all!

Come and watch, learn, discuss, or take part as Australian and New Zealand Science Communicators take each other on, and share their respective knowledge.  Not too serious, but seriously fun, is the plan…with lots of time to interact and network.   

This is a free event compliment of SCANZ

***Register your interest here***

Details for the day-
Location:                                                                                                                        Seminar Room, 2:06

Agenda:

9.30-11.30 Speed talks
NZ and ASC bring their best of 8 min presentations each to learn from each other
(~6 talks from each side: 7 mins + 2 mins questions each)

11.30-12.00 Cross-tasman challenge description
An impartial party throws a science communication challenge for both sides to complete in one hour with clear guidelines as to what they’re after.

2.00-1.00 Working lunch
Both teams work on their response to the communication challenge over a working lunch

1.00-1.30 Show and judge
The impartial party (with recruited help) judges the responses and determines a winner

1.30-onwards Networking

 

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Dec
1
9:00 am09:00

Crisis Communication Workshop

Knowing how to manage a crisis has never been more important for SCANZ members. The Fonterra botulism scare and 1080 contamination threat are two recent examples of high profile incidents, not to mention weather and earthquake events.  

If the worst were to happen to you and your organisation, this workshop will give you invaluable tips to lift your game, and will cover how to:

  • Identify risks and potential crisis scenarios
  • Establish effective communication processes from the start
  • Actively involve important stakeholders
  • Allow for community input where needed
  • Create crisis plans that work
  • Prepare crisis resources
  • Practice your plan and rehearse roles

Workshop participants will test their skills in groups, preparing communications responses in a hypothetical crisis scenario.   

The workshop will be run by Brian Small and Simone Keough of BRG Ltd (www.brg.co.nz).

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Brian Small

Brian Small

Brian first became involved in crisis communications over 20 years ago. An early assignment was to advise a DHB whose sole pathologist had misdiagnosed 50 cancer patients; he then worked with the Department of Conservation after the Cave Creek disaster and was also a member of the Esso communication team after the Longford Gas explosion in Victoria, Australia. Since then he’s helped manage airline incidents, foot and mouth outbreak scares, food and other product recalls and major oil spills. In 2010 he was part of the Pike River disaster communications team, and in 2010 and 2011 was heavily involved in the Canterbury earthquake responses.  He has helped many organisations prepare and test crisis response plans. These have included ultra-high level lab facilities, major international events and iconic tourist destinations.

Simone Keough

Simone Keough

Simone’s crisis management experience began while working for the Canadian Government’s equivalent of our Environmental Protection Authority in the mid-90s. It included a 170,000 litre crude oil spill in a lucrative fishing area that was also home to thousands of seabirds.  Another incident was more of ‘a slow burner’.  NASA decided it would launch a military satellite whose solid rocket booster would land in the middle of a Canadian offshore oil field, peppered with oil platforms and of course rig workers. (If you come to the workshop, Simone will tell you what happened in the end). Since emigrating to New Zealand over a decade ago, she’s helped manage many incidents as well as prepare and test numerous crisis plans for various organisations.

 

This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at scicomnz@gmail.com.

  • $60 each for conference delegates
  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)
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Nov
30
2:00 pm14:00

Bid Writing Workshop with George Slim

Writing a successful funding bid is an exercise in science communication, not form filling. With success rates for many funds below 10% why waste time boring, confusing or worse, irritating your funding panel? Engage with them.

This workshop will look at how we can decide what the funder is after, why the system behaves the way it does, and how we can develop strategies so our proposal will show the funder that they can trust us with their money.

George has been involved in bid writing from one side or the other for more than the last 20 years and has a track record of success, and learning from failure, with MBIE (and legacy organizations) HRC, Marsden, international and commercial proposals.

He has worked across the system in academia, CRIs, government funding agencies and now the private sector. He has written proposals for his own research, developed government funding policy and most recently help a broad range of organizations and researchers develop bids. George has sat on numerous panels evaluating research proposals for government agencies, research organizations and private sector groups.

Writing a good proposal isn’t rocket science. It can be fun or at the very least helpful in setting your own research strategy.

Learn to stop worrying and love bid writing.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

George Slim

George Slim

George obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Otago in 1986. After 6 years post-docing in the United Kingdom, at the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory for Molecular Biology, he returned to New Zealand as a researcher at Industrial Research Ltd. There he wound up leading a large group working in bioactive natural products. Wanting to make further use of the commercialization skills developed at IRL he moved to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in 2002 and then in 2004 he moved further to the grey side with the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST) working on science funding policy.

Since 2010 George has been a consultant with Rhadegund Life Sciences ltd (www.rls.co.nz) working with a broad range of clients to provide access to science knowledge, assist with funding sources and consulting on policy and strategy in the management of research and intellectual property.

 

This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at scicomnz@gmail.com.

  • $60 each for conference delegates
  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)
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SCANZ 2015 Conference
Nov
30
to 1 Dec

SCANZ 2015 Conference

SCANZ 2015 conference - New Zealand's only dedicated science communication eventA unique opportunity to meet a wide range of scientists, academics, researchers, media, health, technology and communication professionals.

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