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2018 SCHEDULE

See below for the list of thought-provoking topics to be covered at SCI:COM 2018.
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.
9:30
Main Stage

Welcome to SCI:COM

SCI:COM co-founder Claire MacEvilly, Head of Corporate Affairs, Danone will open proceedings and introduce our MC for the day, Dr. Claire O'Connell.
  • CLAIRE MACEVILLY
9:35
Main Stage

Keynote: Mark Pollock and Simone George

This year’s morning keynote speakers are a formidable couple Mark Pollock, adventurer and Simone George, Civil Rights lawyer.
  • Mark Pollock
  • Dr Claire O'Connell
  • Simone George
10:20
Main Stage

Plenary: Reputation

How do universities go about measuring and managing their reputation and what role can public engagement – and the presence of iconic scientists, research and facilities play in defining and enhancing a university’s reputation. Sponsored by ADAPT research centre for digital content technology.
  • NICOLA BYRNE
  • Dr Claire O'Connell
  • Alan Ferns
  • Prof Vincent Wade
11:20
Main Stage

A musical Interlude

Alex Pectu, musician, percussionist and MSc Physics UCC leads the delegation in a procession of percussion.
  • ALEX PECTU
11:40
Lobby

Coffee

A short coffee break and a great chance to get networking!
12:10

How to do Books

Breakout session
Doesn't everyone have one good book in them? In this practical session, we'll hear how to produce all sorts of books, from authored science books, children's books, popular science books and commissioned pullouts. The session will be interactive with opportunities to discuss project ideas.
  • Dr Adam Rutherford
  • Dr Claire O'Connell
  • Oisin McGann
  • Joanna Donnelly
  • Nicki Howard
12:10

Careers

Breakout session
In this session, we explore careers in science communication and crucially hear communication can affect the career of a working researcher.
  • Dr Shane Bergin
  • JULIE GOULD
  • Prof Fergal O'Brien
  • CLAIRE MACEVILLY
12:10

Climate Action Week - A National Launch?

Breakout session
This is an exploratory meeting to look at the proposal to co-ordinate activities from various partners and stakeholders under the umbrella of a nationwide Climate Action Week initiative. We are looking for potential partners, funders and event organisers to contribute ideas and shape a strategy on a week-long programme of climate change activities across the country.
  • Jonathan Derham
  • Cara Augustenborg
  • Vincent McCarthy
  • Dr Ruth Freeman
  • Dr Phil Hemmingway
13:20
Restaurant

Networking lunch - Meet funders and speakers.

The curated lunch will be served in the main restaurant. Each table will have a funder and speaker from the programme for an informal chat about opportunities and collaborations.
14:30
Main Stage

Keynote welcome and introduction

SCI:COM co-founder, Alex Boyd, introduces our keynote speakers for the afternoon and explains the story behind their appearance
  • Alex Boyd
14:35
Main Stage

Afternoon Keynote: Alan Alda and Laura Lindenfeld Sher

In this session, Hollywood actor and science advocate Alan Alda talks to broadcaster and SCI:COM co-founder Jonathan McCrea. They are joined by Professor Laura Lindenfeld Sher, the director of the Alan Alda Centre for Science Communication at Stonybrook University, New York. Sponsored by Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.
  • Alan Alda
  • Dr Laura Lindenfeld Sher
  • JONATHAN MCCREA
15:30
Main Stage

Panel: Visibility and Inclusivity

In this session, we explore the importance of visibility in creating a science community that welcomes all into the field. Sponsored by Irish Research Council
  • Dr SHAUN O'BOYLE
  • Sandra Healy
  • Abeba Birhane
  • Prof Jane Ohlmeyer
16:30
Main Stage

Closing Remarks

Margie McCarthy, Interim Director, Innovation and Education at Science Foundation Ireland (TBC)

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