An Alliance Earth Science Communication Workshop at Bangor University
At the end of January 2019 Alliance Earth Director Jeffrey Barbee was invited to give a workshop by the Environmental Science Faculty at the University of Bangor in Wales.
This was the start of a month-long knowledge exchange that was created by Dr. Simon Willcock and Jeffrey Barbee in order to assist scientists to interact more productively with the public as well as to develop a roadmap for future collaborations. Bangor University was founded through small public contributions from local farmers and rock quarrying businesses in the late 1800s, so keeping the public informed about the exciting work being done at the University has always been important. At Alliance Earth, we believe it is crucial that scientists have the skills to speak clearly about their work to the public, whether it is through interacting with science journalists, tweeting, blogging, or writing for the popular press.
“As a biologist, I’ve started to work with science because I am fascinated by life, and how human actions can have an impact on the environment and in ecology.” – anonymous
The workshop was set up to include not only younger students but lecturers and post-graduates too. The impact was tracked using a questionnaire, with a follow-up survey a few months from now. Almost all the respondents indicated at the end of the workshop that they had learned a lot, and would be happy to answer the follow-up questionnaire later in the year.
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