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Science Communication Event

Science Communication Event - Manchester, 24 July 2016

Communicating with society about science and its benefits is more important than ever. This is why projects funded under Horizon 2020, the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, are asked to engage in communicating science to audiences beyond just their peers.

  • innovation | research policy
  • Sunday 24 July 2016, 09:00 (BST)
  • Manchester,, United Kingdom
  • Live streaming available


  1. 24 Jul 2016, 08:00 - 08:15 (BST)

    Open desk & Coffee
    registration and coffee

  2. 08:15 - 08:30 (BST)

    Welcome and introduction
    Video from Commissioner Moedas

  3. 08:30 - 08:45 (BST)

    What is Science Communication?

    • Rhonda Smith, Minerva Communication, UK


  4. 08:45 - 09:00 (BST)

    The European Commission’s perspective
    Horizon 2020 – why communication matters from day one and how the European Commission uses project results

    • Alexandra Ruete and Agata Stasiak, Communication Officers, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  5. 09:00 - 10:00 (BST)

    Science Communication from journalists' and big science organisations' perspective - Panel discussion
    Speakers will explain what makes a good news story from their perspective and what it takes to get them interested. The session will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and "Questions and Answers".

    • Specialised media: David Shukman, BBC Science Editor and Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent, video message now on-line
    • General Media: Derrick Williams, freelance journalist for Deutsche Welle
    • Social Media:  Dr Kevin Mitchell, Trinity College Dublin
    • Science museum: Dr Johannes-Geert Hagmann, Deutsches Museum, Munich

    Moderator: Rhonda Smith, Minerva Communication, UK

  6. 10:00 - 10:20 (BST)

    Coffee break

  7. 10:20 - 11:05 (BST)

    Audience participation "Elevator pitch"
    A couple of pre-selected Horizon 2020 projects will get a few minutes each to ‘pitch’ their project to the panel. The aim is to raise the interest of the panel so that they would "take" or "leave" the project for their communication activities. Panellists will give a short reply to each of the pitches.

    • Pitchers: Pre-selected Horizon 2020 projects present at the event (please flag if you are interested during registration).
    • Panel: Dr Johannes-Geert Hagmann, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Dr Kevin Mitchell, Trinity College Dublin, Derrick Williams, Deutsche Welle

    Moderator: Rhonda Smith, Minerva Communication, UK

  8. 11:05 - 11:50 (BST)

    Best practice from EU-funded research projects
    Speakers will present from the project point of view why communication is important as well as their own good and bad experience in communicating science.

    • Dr Shane Bergin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Project: SIRG
  9. 11:50 - 12:00 (BST)

    Wrap up

  10. 12:00 - 14:00 (BST)

    Networking lunch
    Networking lunch will allow for more in-depth discussions with the speakers and with other event participants.

Practical information

Sunday 24 July 2016, 09:00 (BST)
Town Hall Manchester,
Town Hall Manchester,, Lancashire M60 2LA,, Manchester,, United Kingdom