Biodiversity science communication training course - Edinburgh

Training workshop for biodiversity scientists - public communication skills
When 28 Nov, 2008 09:00 AM to
29 Nov, 2008 06:00 PM
Where Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK
Contact Name
Contact Phone +44(0)1524 595840
Attendees Successful applicants from the ALTER-Net network
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Would you like to:

• Present your biodiversity/environment-related science to the public?

• Gain new skills and confidence in public presentation and dialogue?

• Establish contacts with and present your science in local museums, botanic gardens, zoos and other places?

The European Network of Excellence ALTER-Net and Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums are offering a practical, hands-on, two-day training course on science communication for scientists in the ALTER-Net network.

What will I learn?

The course will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to present your research to the public. Speaking tips, how to use images or objects to help get your point across, how to address different audiences are just some of the skills you will learn from an experienced and dynamic international training team who will involve you with all your senses. Specific issues and challenges related to biodiversity and environment-related topics will be addressed and best practices and examples of good communication in this domain will be presented, to ensure that you gain the practical tools you need to communicate your topic effectively to the lay public, whether in an ctivity for children or in a public dialogue. We will also help you establish contacts with venues near you where you can communicate your research directly to the public.

Is this for me?

If you are a scientist (PhD and upwards) this course may be for you, whether you have ever presented to the public or not. Twelve participants will be selected for each course from across ALTER-Net to optimize the mix of regions, disciplines and gender. The course is held in English.

The training sessions

Two sessions are planned:

• 13-14 November at Museon, the Hague, the Netherlands.

• 28-29 November at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, UK.

The provisional programme and flyers are available on the ALTER-Net website.


ALTER-Net will cover your accommodation and meals and contribute to your travel costs.

To register

If you would like to register, please complete the registration form (login required as course is open to ALTER-Net members only. If you do not have a login, please join the ALTER-Net website and then contact me; I will activate your account). Places are limited, and we cannot guarantee everyone a place. However, subject to demand and further funding we hope to offer further courses.

Further information

Andrew Sier, CEH Lancaster
Tel: +44(0)1524 595840

ALTER-Net Communications Manager, CEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 AP, UK


Please note: this training workshop is organised by the ALTER-Net project. Please contact Dr Andrew Sier, or use the web link below to find out more.

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