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2016 SCHEDULE

See below for the list of thought-provoking topics that was covered at the 2016 SCI:COM event.
8:30

Doors open

Registration for all delegates, sponsors and exhibitors will take place in the conference entrance which can be accessed from the main hotel lobby or through right hand side of the building as you enter the hotel grounds. Please have your identification and tickets ready. You can print off the ticket directly.
9:00
Main Stage

Sci:com 2017 begins

SCI:COM co-founder Jonathan McCrea from Whipsmart Media will open procedings and introduce our MC for the day, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabhaín.
  • AOIBHINN NÍ SHÚILLEABHÁIN
9:10
Main Stage

Keynote

This year’s keynote speaker is Pulitzer-prize winning author and Director of the Knight Centre for Science Journalism at MIT, Deborah Blum. A celebrated and decorated science journalist, Blum will talk about the responsibility of scientists in an increasingly skeptical world. She will be joined by a host of experienced speakers and panellists.
  • Deborah Blum
10:00
Main Stage

Plenary: Trust

Sponsored by The NAJI Foundation. Trust is a fragile thing. Once broken it’s difficult to repair. Are scientists being honest with the media, why are studies so hard to reproduce and can fields like medicine and psychology survive a scientific amnesty? Panellists include Dr Ruth Freeman, director of Stategy and Communications.
10:45
Lobby

Coffee / Networking

A short coffee break and a great chance to get networking!
11:15
Breakout stage 1

The challenge of changing minds

Breakout session
In this session we hear from Kris de Meyer, a neuroscientist who has studied the brains of cult members who lived through their own predicted apocalypse and HSE CIO Richard Corbridge, who will examine the problems with getting people to be open rather than private with their most sensitive of data .
Breakout stage 2

Is this right?

Breakout session
When communicating to audiences, it’s often easy to tell whether or not they’ve been engaged. But were they inspired to act, change their behaviour or opinion? Have you had any impact? Science communication researcher has written the book on engagement. In fact, he’s written 3. Hear his insights into public engagement.
  • ERIC JENSEN
Breakout stage 3

We’ve heard it before.

Breakout session
Sponsored by Danone. “Exercise regularly. Eat well”. Some advice never changes. In a world of fads, new technologies and clever marketing, how do you preach the same message to a bored audience. In this session, you’ll hear from advertising and communications expert Sinead Cosgrove (Chemistry) who has worked across charity, commercial and governmental sectors.
  • SINÉAD COSGROVE
12:30
Lobby

lunch

A short coffee break and a great chance to get networking!
14:00
Main Stage

THINK:TANK & More

Screening of Think:Tank video and review with participants from this year’s exercise. Take part, and find out more go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/thinktank-part-of-scicom
15:15
Lobby

Coffee / Networking

A short coffee break and a great chance to get networking!
15:45
Breakout stage 1

Science You Can’t See

Breakout session
Sponsored by Amber and LERO. Communicating the abstract can be tricky, but it also presents some intriguing ideas for collaboration and interpretation.
Breakout stage 2

Is Scicomm a good thing?

Breakout session
SCI:COM co-founder Jonathan McCrea from Whipsmart Media will open procedings and introduce our MC for the day, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabhaín.
  • TIMANDRA HARKNESS
Breakout stage 3

Hard to Reach

Breakout session
Sponsored by Irish Research Council. Can communicating science be a bad thing? In our efforts to make science ‘sexy’, interesting and relevant, are we at the same time devaluing and commercialising it?
  • RONAN COSTELLO
17:00

SCI:COM 2016 comes to an end

Sponsored by BT Young Science and Technology Exhibition. There is a danger of self-congratulation in Ireland when it comes to science communication.

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