Sci Comms East Annual Conference 2024

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9.30am - 4.30pm : The Enterprise Centre

Adult Only
  • Parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop

University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

01603 591366

Do you want to improve your science communication skills?

And maximise the impact of your research by engaging with the public in innovative ways?

Or do you work in science and want to network and hear new ideas?

Sci Comms East returns for its fifth annual training conference on Saturday 20 April 2024 - and is the perfect opportunity for developing your skills as a science communicator!

Open to everyone, the conference is a chance to hear engaging talks from experts and join a variety of interactive workshops. Expect to hear about top tips for effective science communication and how to engage with different audiences - from sharing research through social media and creating science board games to the power of storytelling and how to evaluate the impact of your outreach work (full programme can be downloaded below).

Upon request, Sci Comms East would be happy to provide a certificate of attendance.

Please note that booking for this event has now closed.


Free for UEA and Norwich Research Park undergraduate students and PhD researchers only

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Age 18+

How to book

Use the links above to book your ticket. A link to a Google Form will be included in your booking confirmation email. You must fill in this form in order to complete your registration at the conference.

All UEA and Norwich Research Park undergraduate students and PhD researchers can attend this event free of charge – your cost to attend has kindly been covered by The Forum Trust and NRP-DTP.

Booking is essential and you will need to show your student ID card at registration on the day.

For all other registrants, the fee to attend is £25.

We’ll be in touch nearer the event to confirm your dietary requirements, venue accessibility requirements, and workshop preferences for the parallel sessions. If you have any questions then please email: [email protected]

Conference Agenda

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, registration, and refreshments

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Introduction to Sci Comms East, plus flash talks:

  • Norwich Science Festival - Claire Mutimer

  • Royal Society of Biology - RSB East Anglia Committee Rep

  • Pint of Science - Rebecca Shaw

  • LGBTQ+ in STEM - Dr Sam Rowe

  • Norfolk & Norwich Science Association - Dr Duncan Gaskin

  • STEMPOINT - Helen Spencer

10:30 - 12:00 3 x 90 minute parallel workshops:

  • Storytelling for science: how to use narratives and stories to engage others - Greg Bowker

  • The Science Art and Writing Trust: Science served 3 ways! - Dr Jenni Rant

  • Play Lab: using board games design for dynamic science communication - Jake Montanarini

12.00 - 13:15 Lunch and tabletop displays

13:15 - 14:00 Keynote talk with Q&A: Getting the message across: AI as help and hindrance - Dr Kate Devlin

14:00 - 15:00 3 x 60 minute parallel workshops:

  • Sci-Comms Social Media 101 - Dr Paige Staff

  • The Equity Compass: Building equitable practise into STEM Communication - Dr Will Nash

  • How to demonstrate greater impact value from public engagement - Dr Becky Thompson

15:00 - 15:30 Refreshment break and tabletop displays

15:30 - 16:30 Panel session with all speakers - focus on careers

16:30 Closing remarks

About Sci Comms East

Sci Comms East is a skills-sharing network coordinated by Sam Rowe and Cansu Bayindirli, in collaboration with Norwich Science Festival. In addition to an annual conference, Sci Comms East aims to support communicators throughout the year by facilitating training and knowledge exchange opportunities - helping researchers and practitioners improve their skills to maximise the impact of their work.

Sci Comms East is looking to significantly expand its platform, to showcase local communicators and raise awareness of funding and volunteering opportunities, collaborative events, and other activities. If you would like to find out more or get involved then please get in touch using the email below.

Sam Rowe and Cansu Bayindirli

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