23 Nov 2023

Standing up for Science workshop online (Brussels)

This workshop encourages Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to make their voices heard in public debates about science.

This workshop encourages Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to make their voices heard in public debates about science. ECRs will meet scientists who have engaged with the media, learn from respected science journalists, hear from policymakers on how to inform policy and talk about involving the public in communicating research with public engagement experts.


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Full details of all panellists will be confirmed nearer the date.

Session 1: Science in the media

A panel made up of one academic with media engagement experience, one journalist, and one science communication adviser will explain how they approach stories, balance the need for news and entertainment with reporting science and evidence, and deal with accusations of polarising debates and misrepresenting the facts.

Session 2: Science in policy

A panel of policymakers and academics involved in policy will explain how evidence is used in policy, how they balance facts and values, and how they deal with a lack of good evidence, trade-offs, polarised debates and accusations of non-evidence based policy.

Session 3: The role and responsibility of Early Career Researchers

This final session reiterates the Sense about Science ethos – that researchers should take responsibility for the public discussion of science and evidence. With the support of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) we have distilled our approach into a practical guide which empowers researchers to involve the public in meaningful ways to work out how to communicate research findings.

How to register

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Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Participation is free of charge.

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