Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
The VoYS Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about science. During the workshops we discuss concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works.
Thanks to the support of our VoYS partners, over 100 early career researchers, medics and engineers attend the workshops each year in London, Manchester and Scotland and they continue to be one of the most written about events in the science calendar with publicity led by the early career researchers themselves.
Comments from workshop participants:
“Extremely engaging and interesting day; definitely want to contribute to this sort of cause in whatever way I can in the future.”
“This is what I was waiting for! More of this would be great!”
“Fun, engaging and lively! An excellent opportunity for debate.”
“Totally changed my perspective on the media and where scientists fit into news stories – they aren’t always to blame!”
You can watch more particpants talk about their experience at the workshop on our YouTube channel.
Articles written by early career researchers:
- Society of General Microbiology's journal, Microbiology Today's February 2013 issue
- British Ecological Society and Society for Experimental Biology blog
- University of Manchester Skills Training Essentials for PGR Students
- British Pharmacological Society Newsletter, Pharmacology Matters
- University of St Andrews annual newsletter
- Edinburgh University Science Magazine
- Vitae website
Laura Udakis from the Society for General Microbiology (SGM) recorded a podcast with SGM members at a workshop.
Comments from VoYS partners:
“VoYS workshops are great to introduce Society for General Microbiology members to the workings of the media and to build the confidence and skills they need for talking to journalists. This helps to ensure that all aspects of microbiology are represented in the media in the best possible way.”
“The Society for Experimental Biology is very happy to be sponsoring VoYS for the first time this year. Having recently observed one of the Standing up for Science workshops with news reporters from Radio 4 and Nature, we are confident that these events contribute to enhancing communication and understanding between scientists and the public.”
“The Society for Applied Microbiology is a firm believer in supporting all members, but in particular our younger scientists who represent the future voice of applied microbiology. One way we do this is to support the VoYS media workshop – a fascinating and enlightening workshop providing young scientists with an insight into the workings of the news media and preparing them for promoting their science this way. Subsequently, participants are encouraged to sign up to the VoYS network - a network of like-minded young scientists with an interest in wider scientific debates. Every year we receive very positive feedback from workshop attendees who sign up to the network. They all welcome the opportunity to learn how to promote their science and to find their ‘voice’ through participation in public debates about science”.
“The Physiological Society is keen for its young members to get more involved with the media and public engagement, this should be seen as an important part of their developing research careers. Sense About Science not only provides the necessary initial training, but also an on-going support network and campaigns that young scientists can get involved in, helping to build personal confidence and long term involvement."
Check out photos and summary of the final media workshop of 2013, hosted by the University of Glasgow on 26th November.
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Want to join the VoYS network? You can sign up here.