Sci Comms Conference

Supported by:

UEAUEA Alumni FundThe Enterprise Centre NRP Doctoral Training Partnership

Join communications experts as they share their knowledge of effective science communication through a series of talks, workshops and networking opportunities. From designing easy-to-follow graphics to share your research, to networking tips and policy pointers, this conference is perfect for anyone wishing to improve their science communication skills. Simon Watt – biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter – will provide the keynote address on the importance of science communication.


13:00 – 13:30 – Registration
13:30 – 13:45 – Welcome
13:45 – 14:30 – Keynote – Simon Watt – ‘Importance of science communications & public engagement for research’
14:30 – 14:50 – Refreshments
14:50 – 16:20 – Workshop 1
16:25 – 17:55 – Workshop 2
18:00 – 18:40 – Food & networking
18:45 – 20:15 – Workshop 3
20:20 – 20:35 – Q&A panel

Speakers include: Peter Moore-Fuller, Simon Watt, Asher Minns, Saskia Hervey, Lucy Marks, Peter Beck, Sophie Prosolek, Felicity Perry.

Workshops include: Designing visual abstracts; Science communications in policy; Networking; Confidence tips for public speaking; Science communication and stand-up comedy; Science & the media via radio and podcasting.


About Peter Moore-Fuller

Peter Moore Fuller is a graphic designer, creative facilitator and guest lecturer in Science Communications at UEA. In 2014, Peter founded infohackit, running events to support researchers, students and experts to communicate concepts, processes and data.

Peter was the Norwich Pint of Science coordinator for two years (including the first year in Norwich in 2016) and is a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.

About Sophie Prosolek

Sophie ProsolekSophie is a PhD student researching diet and gene interactions in cell metabolism at the Quadram Institute in Norwich.

During her PhD, Sophie has taken on various Science Communication guises as Pint of Science city coordinator and UEA Science Communication Society president. Sophie has a particular interest in factual media production, from writing articles to podcasting.


About Saskia Hervey

Saskia HerveySaskia Hervey has twenty years of experience in corporate communications and public affairs. She specialises in environmental policy advocacy and is a guest lecturer at the University of East Anglia.

Saskia has a range of clients including the Earlham Institute, the UK Green Building Council and the Zoological Society of East Anglia. She has advised various politicians in Westminster, in the European Parliament and in the Canadian Parliament where she worked for the Minister of the Environment in the federal government. She has also lobbied for corporates including Capita and News International and for NGOs including the RSBP and WWF-UK.

Saskia has managed high profile political events including a Prime Minister’s speech and a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace and she has worked on a range of campaigns such as climate change legislation, wildlife conservation, chemicals regulation and marine protection.

Saskia’s workshop will focus on how science communicators can help shape public policy in our rapidly changing political landscape.


About Peter Beck

Peter BeckPeter is a theatre director, set designer and tutor, based in Norwich. He graduated with an MA in Theatre Direction from the University of East Anglia. He is Artistic Director of Restless Natives, a multi-disciplinary theatre company that creates new work for touring. He is also Director of Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays, working in collaboration with Norfolk Museum Service and seeing performances take place in Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral. Peter regularly tutors for Norwich Theatre Royal’s Learning and Participation department, teaching acting classes and directing productions for people of all ages. From 2014 to 2016 Peter worked with Stash Kirkbride as Co-Creative Directors to re-launch and modernize The Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich.

Peter has a long-term collaboration with live art performer Susannah Hewlett, (credits include Live Art UK Touring, Duckie, Cambridge Junction, Slade School of Art, Live Art Development Agency, Arnolfini Gallery, East End Collaborations, Chapter Arts Centre, The Bluecoat, Beaconsfield Gallery, Outpost Gallery) Peter has lectured for Norwich University of the Arts and created work for organisations such as The Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Creative Arts East, Norfolk Museum Service and The Hostry Festival. Peter is co-founder of The Norfolk Arts Awards.


About Asher Minns

Asher Minns has been running training workshops for early career researchers across Europe since 2014, and they now form the basis of the Intergovernmental on Climate Change (IPCC) own communication handbook.

Asher is Executive Director of the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and has been a full-time communicator of environmental science research since 2000. As a communicator, he has previously worked for Imperial College, Oxford University, EU-funded environmental research projects, and most recently, Future Earth. He is also an apprentice-served radar engineer.


Saturday 13 October
Venue: UEA, Enterprise Centre
Cost: £10, free to NRP/UEA students and staff
Age: 16+

Please bring a form of staff or student identification if you are a Norwich Research Park or University of East Anglia attendee.