SciComm South West Conference 2024

Hosted by Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol.

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Key Information:

Date and time
Fri 07 June 2024
09:00 - 16:30
Location
UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Further info
Contact
Jane Wooster jane.wooster@uwe.ac.uk
Cost
Various
Attendance
Booking required

About the event

The South West is a hub for science communication, with a wide range of organisations contributing to the sector.

At this second SciComm South West conference, we will offer an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of this expertise and reflect on the challenges we face. We will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our MSc Science Communication programme at UWE Bristol.

The conference will focus on how we, as a collective, foster a brighter future for the research and practice of science communication… and for society? And how does our regional hub fit within the global picture of science communication, and local, on-the-ground action?

The event will run from 10:00 to 16:30 (09:00 registration) and will include lots of opportunities to network and problem solve, with optional celebratory activities in the evening. The conference will be held in-person on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

Call for proposals

Call categories

Want to shape the programme? Submit your ideas to one of the below categories and we’ll pick a selection that reflects the diverse interests of the community. Deadline for submissions is Friday 1 March 2024.

Traditional presentation with Q&A

Can you wow audiences in 20 minutes or less? What insights can you share with the community and what insights can they offer you?

These presentations will give speakers the opportunity to talk about projects they’ve been working on to celebrate successes and/or ask for help from the community. Be prepared for a 15 minute presentation with five minutes Q&A.

Show and tell

Do you have examples of best practice? Do you have an inspirational story to share with peers? What advice do you seek?

Whether it’s an engaging science experiment, a rap about the reproductive system or a collection of stories from people experiencing the effects of climate change, we want to hear it! You’ll have 20 minutes to share your ideas with our audiences, in as creative a manner as you choose.

The fix it factory

What can we do to widen participation? How can my idea wow audiences? What innovative ways are there to get (more) funding?

Put forward your challenge and we’ll crowdsource some solutions. We’d suggest five minutes to outline your problem, with 15 minutes for us to find the solution.

How to submit

Submit your proposal (250 to 300 words) including the call category to scicommsw@uwe.ac.uk by Friday 1 March 2024. Please include ‘SciComm South West proposal’ in the email subject line.

Programme

The conference programme will be available in due course.

Registration and tickets

Conference registration will open in March 2024.

Ticket prices are on a sliding scale to allow as many people to attend as possible, including several bursary places. Payment details will be sent once you have completed the registration form.

Early bird rates (ends 15 April 2024)

  • Early bird: £60 (limited number of tickets available for full-time sci comm researchers and practitioners). Lunch and refreshments included. 
  • Early bird concessions: £25 (limited number of reduced-rate tickets for those on low incomes (<£15,000), unemployed, retired or students).  Lunch and refreshments included. 

Full rates

  • Full price: £75 (available to full-time sci comm researchers and practitioners) lunch and refreshments included. 
  • Student/concessions: £35 (reduced-rate tickets for those on low incomes (<£15,000), unemployed, retired or students). Lunch and refreshments included. 

Cancellation and refund policy

In the event that you are unable to attend the conference, please notify scicommsw@uwe.ac.uk as soon as possible. If we unable to reallocate your ticket, there will be associated fee penalties:

  • withdrawal over two weeks in advance – no penalty 
  • between one and two weeks in advance - 50% of total fee 
  • less than one week in advance - no reimbursement of fee.
  • Cost: Various
  • Attendance: Booking required

Location

UWE Bristol
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol
BS16 1QY
UK

Getting to Frenchay Campus

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