Robin Ince to look for a reaction at Sci:Com
Robin Ince, host of the BBC’s The Infinite Monkey Cage (pictured), will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Sci:Com conference to be held at the Ballsbridge Hotel on 7 December.
The event will showcase how research and science can become more accessible for the public, responsive to social needs and involve greater public participation.
The conference will also include Think:Tank a design thinking workshop where scientists and the public will work together to address societal issues and a Poetry Slam which will involve communication of science information via poetry and performance.
Other guests confirmed include science communicator and poet Sam Illingworth; artist Aoife van Linden Tol; and GAA community and health manager Colin Regan.
Assistant professor at the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain will act as MC.
One of the conference founders, science communicator and journalist Jonathan McCrea, said: “We are expecting a wide range of delegates at Sci:Com – researchers, communications professionals, educators, policymakers and business leaders – all of whom have an interest in how research is undertaken and communicated.
“Sci:Com will bring together the public face of research in Ireland, people who are involved in the communication of science, medicine and technology. It is an opportunity to network, share ideas, get inspired and meet future collaborators.
“It will also include critical discussion of STEAM initiatives [science, technology, engineering, arts, maths] and what the arts can bring to science communications.”
Sci:Com 2017 is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, University College Dublin, ESB, Novartis, Repak, Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Research Council, British Council (Ireland) and research centre ICrag.