Friday, March 27, 2009

Science awards season heating up

Well the Oscars might be long gone but the science communication awards season is only just beginning...

I've been lucky enough to be asked to be on the jury for the Vedere la Scienza festival in Milan next week and I'm really looking forward to it.

This "International Scientific TV, Film and AV Media Festival" runs from the 30th of March to the 5th of April, 2009, and ...
As in the past editions the festival programme will embrace every scientific fields (physics, mathematics, chemistry, life sciences, natural sciences, …) but the accent will be put on astronomical and biological issues related to the important 2009 anniversaries. 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and also sees the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species”.
The programme is now available on-line and it looks really interesting.

Coincidentally, the awards season continues tonight in London and one of the DVDs I produced at Agtel for the European Space Agency ESA is up for an award.

Shortlisted in the Education category of the International Visual Communications Association awards, the DVD is part of the “Project: Zero Gravity” series.

The production that's nominated tonight is our most recent “Mission 4: Space Robotics” DVD - it's a high-energy teaching tool that covers many aspects of the use of robots in space. It was great fun storyboarding the scenes we were asking the astronauts to film on board the ISS. And I got a buzz when video tapes arrived on my desk still with the velcro on them to stop them floating off in zero gravity!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Prizes for posters

Putting a poster together to explain your research can be a challenge for any scientist starting out - but help is now at hand.

The British Science Association team have launched this year's poster competition for early-career researchers funded by one of the UK research councils.

Last year's winner is pictured above, and the RCUK-sponsored perspectives scheme... these scientists valuable training and experience in discussing their research with non-specialists, as well as training in poster design and a chance to explore the social and ethical aspects of their work.

Finalists display their posters at the British Science Festival in September, and cash prizes are awarded by a panel of expert judges.

You can find out more about the scheme at

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2009 Science Communication Conference

Just got an e-mail about this year's Science Communication Conference in London organised by the British Science Association... Last year's event was great and this year's theme is...

"Behaviour and Choice - exploring the role that science communicators should or could play as influencers of behavioural change."

Early-bird bookings are now open and here's more detail from their e-mail...

The British Science Association is working in partnership with the Wellcome Trust to organise the 2009 Conference. This annual 2 day Conference is being held on 22 & 23 June at King's Place in London.

...the keynote address will be given by Jonathon Porritt, Programme Director of Forum for the Future and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Bookings are now open and early-bird rates are available until 5 April so book soon to save money.

To book your place and view the draft programme visit: