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2019 SCHEDULE

Explore the schedule of SCI:COM 2019 and discover the talks, panels and workshops and great speakers for this year.
8:45
Aviva Stadium

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
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

Welcome to SCI:COM

SCI:COM co-founder Jonathan McCrea will open proceedings for the day.
  • JONATHAN MCCREA
9:35
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main stage

KEYNOTE - Elizabeth Rasekoala

In this keynote, Dr Elizabeth Rasekoala will address the origins of and meaning of creativity and how it is shaped by culture and diversity. She will challenge the stereotype that scientists lack creativity and assert that scientists must move from their comfort zone and take risks if they want to create impactful science communication.
  • Elizabeth Rasekoala
10:15
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main stage

Panel discussion: Creativity in SCICOMM

  • Ruth McGowan
  • Padraig Murphy
  • Helena Gonzalez
  • Lewis Hou
11:15
Atrium

Coffee and Poster session

Catch up with the sci-comm community and hear presenters talk about their posters during the break. Want to submit? Find out more details here: https://www.scicom.ie/2019/Callforabstracts.pdf
11:45
Aviva Stadium Vavasour Suites

Breakout 1: COMPETITIONS

Breakout session
In this session, we will examine the effects of competition and how raising the stakes changes the outcome for scientists, students and children. Sponsored by RDS who deliver ESB Science Blast.
  • Lyubov Kostova
  • AMY HARRINGTON
  • Aoife Long
  • Shane Bergin
11:45
Aviva Stadium Vavasour Suites

Breakout 2: PLAY/DECIDE

Breakout session
Derick Mitchell and members of the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science & Industry (IPPOSI) are hosting a creative workshop on ‘Patient Data’. What is patient data? Who owns it? Why is it so difficult to share patient data, even among healthcare professionals? Let's play a board game and find out! Join IPPOSI for a game (PlayDecide) designed to encourage people to talk in a simple, fun and effective way about issues surrounding the collection and use of patient data in Ireland.
  • Derick Mitchell
11:45
Aviva Stadium

Breakout 3: CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

Breakout session
Joanna Crispell and Aisling Murray of Science Gallery Dublin will be the hosts of this workshop on creative thinking. Building on the innovative model of public engagement pioneered by the Science Gallery network, they will lead participants in an interactive process to collaboratively design science communication activities. You will explore risk-taking, rapid ideation, and build confidence in your own creative potential!
  • Aisling Murray
  • Joanna Crispell
13:00
Atrium

Lunch and Poster session

Catch up with the sci-comm community and hear presenters talk about their posters during the break. Want to submit? Find out more details here: https://www.scicom.ie/2019/Callforabstracts.pdf
14:00
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

Putting the human at the centre of your story.

In this short talk, award-winning science journalist Dr Claire O'Connell will talk about the importance of making our stories more human.
  • Dr Claire O'Connell
14:15
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

Panel: ONLINE

In this panel discussion, Dr Kevin Koidl (ADAPT), Shane McCracken (I'm a Scientist) and Dr Sandra Galvin (HRB- The People's Trial) will explore the power of online interaction and explain their creative projects that open new ways of communicating science to new audiences. Supported by the ADAPT Centre.
  • Shane McCracken
  • Dr Claire O'Connell
  • Kevin Koidl
  • Dr Sandra Galvin
15:05
Atrium

Coffee / Poster session

Catch up with the sci-comm community and hear presenters talk about their posters during the break. Want to submit? Find out more details here: https://www.scicom.ie/2019/Callforabstracts.pdf
15:05
President's Terrace

Creativity and Meditation

Jacob Eisenberg has been studying creativity for years. In this short session, he will draw the link between unconscious thought and creative thinking and lead the audience on a guided meditation exercise.
15:35
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

BLINDBOY in discussion

Blindboy's increased notability away from his band Rubberbandits, has allowed for him to explore wider avenues and create perhaps outrageously mind-altering brainchildren which can only be described as courageous, yet bonkers. With a number one selling book under his belt and a podcast that has reached interest not only in Ireland but internationally, the satirist could possibly single-handedly change people's mind set on mental health and the deafening stigma it surrounds. Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with an unusual touch of realism. There is a very authentic feeling of "freedom" he exhumes which allows his listeners and participants to openly speak their mind without judgement and no topic off limits - certainly an air of belonging encircling the space you find yourself in when listening or in company of Blindboy. His latest innovative creation, The Blindboy podcast espouses mental health issues but reaches further into an eclectic spectrum of current topics from gun laws to feminism, racism or a bit of history. Blindboy has it covered. In this session, Jonathan McCrea (Newstalk) will explore themes of creativity, communication, the environment and science with the most famous face you've never seen in Ireland.
  • Blindboy
  • JONATHAN MCCREA
16:15
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

Panel discussion: Making the case

Can you measure the impact of creative science communication? Can you be too creative in a funding application? Is there a 'wrong' type of creativity that works against the principles of sci-comm? These questions and more will be tackled by our final panel.
  • Phil Smyth
  • Niamh Shaw
  • Helen Shaw
  • Dr Ruth Freeman
17:00
Aviva Stadium SCI:COM Main Stage

Closing Remarks

9:45
Science Gallery Dublin

Registration

  • Eric Jensen
10:00
Science Gallery Dublin

Welcome and introduction to evidence-based science communication

  • Eric Jensen
10:30
Science Gallery Dublin

Keynote: Evidence-based sci-comm as a vision for the futureof sci-comm

This presentation introduces a vision for the future of science communication through more evidence-based approaches. Session followed by small group discussion about implications for specific practices.
  • Alexander Gerber
11:10
Science Gallery Dublin

Coffee

11:30
Science Gallery Dublin

Understanding our publics: Public consultation research at the European Space Agency

  • Karen O'Flaherty
12:00
Science Gallery Dublin

LUNCH

13:00
Science Gallery Dublin

Parallel workshop 1: Introduction to science communication impact evaluation

Breakout session
  • Eric Kennedy
  • Eric Jensen
  • Aaron Jensen
13:00
Science Gallery Dublin

Parallel workshop 2: How to develop an effective science communication strategy

Breakout session
  • Alexander Gerber
13:00
Science Gallery Dublin

Parallel workshop 3: Programme and activity planning: Designing for equity

Breakout session
  • Mairead Hurley
14:15
Science Gallery Dublin

Coffee Break

14:35
Science Gallery Dublin

The big issues facing the future of science communication in Ireland

  • Brian Trench
15:10
Science Gallery Dublin

Breakout session 1: Top tips on entrepreneurial skills for science communicators

Breakout session
  • Aaron Jensen
15:10
Science Gallery Dublin

Breakout session 2: How to use questionnaires to evaluate your science communication activity

Breakout session
  • Eric Jensen
15:10
Science Gallery Dublin

Breakout session 3: Networking for success: Scoping a national science communication network for Ireland

Breakout session
  • Mairead Hurley
16:20
Science Gallery Dublin

Closing Keynote: Why evidence matters to the future of science communication in Ireland

This presentation makes the case for why evaluation and evidence matter for science communication from the perspective of Science Foundation Ireland.
  • Margie McCarthy
16:50
Science Gallery Dublin

Closing thoughts

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