Thursday, April 30, 2009

Irish Science, Engineering Communications and Outreach conference

I've just booked my ticket for this upcoming science communication conference in Dublin - it looks like it's going to be a really interesting event with the mix of Irish and international speakers really adding to it...

The 3rd Annual Science, Engineering, Communications & Outreach Conference

Will Be Held At
Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Thursday 21st May 2009

Theme: Best Practice in Science Communication, Outreach & Public Engagement. International Perspectives & Experiences and the Irish Context

This one day conference will review and discuss a range of topics including gender balance, maths promotion, and evaluation techniques. A professionally facilitated panel discussion will take place at the end of the conference. The aim of this discussion will be to develop a ‘white paper’ highlighting the top 10 best practice tips on the subject of Science, Communication, and Outreach in Ireland.

It will be an ideal opportunity for those working in the Science, Communication, and Outreach fields, to share experiences and problems with key industry professionals from Ireland, UK and continental Europe.

For further information or to book a place, please contact Caitríona Geraghty on 01-6651307 or at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Marine Technology as a Showcase for Communicating Science

Great to see that the Marine Institute - Foras na Mara ("Ireland's national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation") will be represented at this upcoming event looking at how science communication can benefit Marine research...

In their session on "The Significance of Marine Technology in Science Communication" at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2009 in Vienna, Austria on the 23rd April 2009 public Relation and communications experts from leading marine science centres all over Europe will present and discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with communicating the results of marine research to key target audiences, such as journalists, teachers, students, and the wider public, particularly through the use of video and photo material from the deep sea.

Supported by the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation five speakers from eminent marine research institutions in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom, will present their respective approaches to such questions as:

  • How can we reach the next generation of marine scientists through schools and universities?
  • What profits can be gained from e-learning programmes dedicated to oceans and seas?
  • How can the awareness of a wider public about fragile marine resources be increased by using underwater video material?
  • How can deep sea video material best be made available to TV journalists and, through them, to a wider audience?

The speakers will tackle those questions and foster interactive debate with the audience in order to share experiences between (marine) scientists and public relations/communications experts.


Albert Gerdes, MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany;

Dr John Joyce, Marine Institute, Rinville, Galway, Ireland;

Kim Marshall-Brown, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK;

Kjartan Mæstad, Institute of Marine Research Norway

Jan Seys, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Ostend, Belgium

Further information:

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Film / TV science award winners just announced

I really enjoyed being on the jury at the Vedere la Scienza Festival in Milan last week - and the winners have just been officially announced. The photo above is taken from the brilliant observational documentary "Blast!", by the way.

... And the the winners are... (drumroll please)...

A - Television drama and docu-drama
The Moving Earth (Denmark, 2008, 52 min)

B - Documentaries for television or/and for home video distribution
Blast! (US, 2008, 74 min)

C - Documentaries developed by public or private science museums, science centres, scientific institutes, research centers
Space transportation: an ATV perspective (Netherlands, 2008, 32 min)

D - Videos for web, web TV and videophones
The Good Heart Attack (Great Britain, 2008, 6 min 30 sec)