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Explore the schedule of SCI:COM 2022 and discover the talks, panels and workshops and great speakers for this year. Subject to change.

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  • Ruth Freeman
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Keynote: Florence Schechter

In this keynote, Florence Schechter, founder of the Vagina Museum in London, talks about taboos, women's health and science communication.
  • Florence Schechter

Who Do We Honour in Science?

What do we do when our heroes are shown to have less than admirable personal lives? How do we choose our heroes today and do we need to reframe the heroes of the past?
  • Patrick Freyne
  • Mary McAuliffe
  • Femi Bankole
  • Jonathan McCrea

Coffee / Poster Session

Grab a coffee and mingle!
Red Breakout

Breakout 1: Being a Public Scientist

Breakout session
In this session, we look at each role in the chain of scientific public engagement - scientist, communications officer and journalist. How do articles get published? What sort of relationship do the comms team and the journalist have? What is expected of the scientist and comms team?
  • Niall Smith
  • Olivia Waters
  • Christine Loscher
  • Claire O'Connell
Blue Breakout

Breakout 2: Outside the Box

Breakout session
This session brings together new and exciting ideas in science communication. Speakers include: David McKeown, head of engineering on the Eirsat-1 project who will talk about the poetry aboard Ireland's first official satellite. Ulla Hasselbalch from Made By Us - a Danish production company. Ulla will talk about her work on John Dillermand - a children's series about a man with a comically long penis and how it helped children talk about their bodies. Niamh Faulkner, who ran a science communication campaign for a research cruise on the RV Celtic Explorer last year, the PoRoCLIM expedition. The campaign included a podcast recorded at sea, a lego scientist photo series, YouTube videos and live Q&A with schools.
  • Ulla Hasselbalch
  • David McKeown
  • Niamh Faulkner
  • Phil Smyth
White Breakout

Breakout 3: From the Mouths of Babes (Curam)

Breakout session
From the Mouths of Babes - Examining the impact of a social-inclusion centred STEAM learning programme from the perspective of the participants This session will include a panel discussion with the project lead, parents and children who took part in CÚRAM's Curious Young Minds project. A co-created STEAM learning programme for children aged 4-12, Curious Young Minds was developed for children and their parents who are resident in Ireland through the Direct Provision system.
  • Claire Riordan
  • Lindsay Deely

Lunch / Poster Session

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The Future of Representation and the Ethics of Avatars

In this fascinating talk, Owen Conlan will explore the future of representation - Avatars. In his work at ADAPT, he is leading a team trying to understand how much control we can and are willing to give to AI to act on our behalf.
  • Owen Conlan
Main Stage

Ireland's views on Climate Action

In this talk, Sharon Finegan will review some new research undertaken with Yale University and the EPA, looking at the various Irish attitudes to Climate Change.
  • Sharon Finegan
Main Stage

Representing Climate Change

Fear or Hope? Benefits or Risk? Confidence or Uncertainty? Climate change is the greatest challenge we face on this planet. As science communicators how should we represent the science for maximum behaviour change? And who should deliver that message?
  • Lisa Ryan
  • John Gibbons
  • Jim Scheer
  • Hazel Chu
  • Philip Boucher Hayes

Coffee / Poster Session


Breakout 4: Would you Look at That?

Breakout session
This workshop will take lessons learned from educational settings (in university programmes including medicine and management) and show how to apply a visual learning approach in the context of science communication. The session will begin with a showcase of how this approach has been used in university teaching and learning, after which participants will be challenged to create, using basic elements, collaboratively, playfully, experimentally and in a hands-on manner a visual representation of a certain scientific concept that they wish to broadly communicate, and then share their “creations” and experiences with the rest of the group. We aim for participants to take away practical ideas about how to include alternative representations in their science communications practices, while having fun in the process.
  • Mark Pickering
  • Tom Flanagan
President's Terrace

Breakout 5: Circus Science

Breakout session
Science is scary. It’s a word many flinch from, which is why representation across science, by any indicator, is poor. At Circus250, we believe circus can be used to support science to reach those it doesn’t usually reach, communicate with and empower them. We do this through interactive performances and hands-on workshops. It’s ‘science by stealth’. This session would take the form of part performance, part post-show discussion. Post-show discussion panel around how circus works as a science communication to include:  Angelica Santander  Aoife Raleigh and Maria Corcoran (StrongWomen Science)  Dea Birkett, director Circus250, organisers of Europe’s first Circus Science Festival and forum Followed by short hands-on circus science workshop for all participants, demonstrating the principles behind conveying science through circus.
  • Dea Birkett

Breakout 6: Circular Economy

Breakout session
The session will be led by AMBER engaged researcher, Sadhbh Crean, who will share insights that the AMBER Centre has gained through research with stakeholders across industry, academia, government, and civil society. The session will incorporate the sharing of practices and methodology involved in carrying out an engaged research project on the circular economy. Additionally, reflections from varying stakeholders on their perspectives of partaking in this engaged research project will be explored. The session will prove an excellent opportunity to not only present the case study example of engaged research on the circular economy, but gain further awareness, through dialogic exercises, of the attendees’ own views on participation and representation in circular economy research and policymaking.
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