This event happened in the past (2018 edition)

Sci Comms Conference

This is an event from the 2018 edition

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.

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.

Agenda – subject to change

13:00 – 13:30 – Registration
13:30 – 13:45 – Welcome – Kay Yeoman
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 choice:

  • Peter Moore-Fuller – Designing Visual Abstracts
  • Asher Minns – The science of science communication
  • Lucy Marks – Networking

16:25 – 17:55 – Workshop choice:

  • Sophie Prosolek – Science & the media (radio & podcasting)
  • Saskia Hervey – How science communicators can help shape public policy in our rapidly changing political landscape
  • Rebecca Osborne – Graphic recording for science communications

18:00 – 18:40 – Food & networking

18:45 – 20:15 – Workshop choice:

  • Simon Watt – Science communication and stand-up comedy
  • Peter Beck – Confidence, body language & voice – tips/exercises for public speaking; plus Gavin Bromley
  • Felicity Perry – Storytelling for Science

20:20 – 20:35 – Q&A panel


About Simon Watt

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian, TV presenter, trainer, consultant and artist.

He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science-based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. He also runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, a comedy night with a conservation twist. It found global fame/notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online campaign resulting in the election of the blobfish as the ugliest animal on the planet. He is the co-creator and host of the science panel show podcast, Level Up Human.

His book, The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas. is out now. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror and The New York Daily News. Simon is a regular contributor to TV, radio and the web and perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA-winning documentary series, Inside Nature’s Giants, the IFTA-winning Wild Cities and the Channel 4 special, The Elephant: Life After Death.

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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 Gavin Bromley

Norfolk-born Gavin started acting in his early thirties after training with the adults Theatre Arts Course run by the Theatre Royal Norwich. From there he acted for a time with the Theatre Royal Norwich Studio Theatre Company, taking lead roles in many plays most notably Shakespeare’s Richard III. Gavin has also performed musical theatre leading the cast in the productions such as Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Producers and Alan Menkin’s Musical version of A Christmas Carol.

Having also worked in the corporate environment for a large part of his life, he has drawn on his acting skills and experience to deliver public speaking workshops, training, personal life coaching and motivational speaking to numerous organisations both locally and in other parts of the country.

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 About 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.


About Lucy Marks

Lucy MarksLucy is Managing Director of Norfolk Network, a community of like-minded business professionals. As the Network’s leader, she takes pride in building a vibrant place where people can be inspired, learn and build quality business relationships.

Lucy has been a prominent networker in the local business community for the last fifteen years. She is passionate about discovering, championing and connecting people, and also about inspiring and creating opportunities for the next generation of business leaders. To this end, she runs networking workshops at the local universities and HE college and leads a successful student volunteering programme, which gives students access to Norfolk Network events, introductions to local businesses, one-on-one coaching and informal mentoring.

About Rebecca Osborne

Rebecca Osborne has a passion for communication, art and education and combines all three in her role as a graphic recorder. Working at events such as TEDx , DevEast and The London Science Museum Lates, Rebecca captures the key messages from the day in a visual record on a massive piece of paper!

Live graphic recording is a fantastic way to simplify complex subjects and break down barriers to learning. It is the perfect way to engage your audience, aid their understanding and promote information retention. It captures the flavour of your event in an image and is a fantastic way to show the key ideas and concepts which have been discussed. Combined with social media, your event is no longer restricted to the four walls of the venue, it can be interactive, shared to connect like-minded people and used to take your conversation to a global stage. In this workshop Rebecca will introduce you to some exciting graphic recording techniques which you can use to enhance your notetaking and presentations.


About Dr Felicity Perry

As a science communicator, she works with scientists and scientific organisations to communicate their work to a range of audiences. She currently works at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich. Prior to her current role, she worked with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, and before that did her PhD in atmospheric dynamics at the University of Leeds. Recently she has learnt many things about the amazing world of plants and microbes. Did you know that you can make plastic from peas, or that you can hijack a plant so that it produces vaccines? Or that Europe’s favourite banana is threatened by one virus.



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.