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Sense About Science Media Workship, 3 October 2014, London

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9 Oct 2014

SCI were delighted to host the latest in the series of Sense About Science's informative and highly respected Standing up for Science media workshops on Friday 3 October. The event proved so popular that additional places were created to accommodate nearly 60 delegates from all across the UK.

Discussions and debate took place relating to:

  • Science in the media: What happens when research announcements go wrong; statistics are manipulated; risk factors are distorted; or discussions become polarised? Speakers included Dr Gia Aradottir, Entomologist, Rothamsted Research; Professor Malcolm Sperrin, Medical Physicist, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; Mark Thomas, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University College London.
  • What journalists are looking for: How do journalists approach stories and balance the need for news and entertainment with reporting science, and deal with accusations of polarising debates and misrepresenting facts? Deborah Cohen, Editor of the BBC radio Science Unit and Jane Symons, freelance journalist, and Dr Roz Pidcock, Science Editor at Carbon Brief steered the debate.
  • Standing up for science; the nuts and bolts: This session offered practical guidance for early career researchers to get their voices heard in debates about science; how to respond to bad science; and included top tips to use when coming face-to-face with a journalist! Speakers included Amara Anyogu, Voice of Young Scientist Representative; Victoria Murphy, Sense About Science; Michael Stacey, Assistant Press Officer, Nature.

The next event in this series will be held at the University of Glasgow on 20 November 2014.  To take advantage of one of 5 guaranteed places for SCI members at this coveted event, send your CV and short cover letter explaining your reasons for applying, and stating that you are an SCI member to Victoria Murphy at: vmurphy@senseaboutscience.org, by Thursday 6 November 2014.

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