Surrey to host British Science Association conference 2014
The British Science Association’s Science Communication Conference will take place from 1 to 2 May on campus – marking the first time the event has moved outside London.
Early May 2014 will see around 400 scientists and people from across the science communication field descending on the University for the Science Communication Conference, organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.
Representatives from science centres, science festivals, research councils, universities, learned societies, charities and others with an interest in science communication will gather for the event, which is the only cross-sector conference of its kind. Taking place across the campus – with the main presentations in the Austin Pearce lecture theatre – the conference’s staging at Surrey marks the first time the event has moved outside the capital.
During the two-day event, delegates will get the chance to learn more about the hot topics and challenges facing science communicators through a series of talks by high profile speakers, question panels and practical sessions. In line with the key aim of the conference – to bring together a diverse group of people involved in public engagement – breakout sessions will provide plenty of opportunity for sharing ideas and best practices. A drinks reception hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences on the first evening will also provide a great informal opportunity for networking.
The conference programme (with confirmed speakers) will be available in February at the Association’s website, when bookings will open. In addition to concessionary rates, the Association also hopes to offer bursaries to help individuals attend the Conference, details of which will be announced in February.
The British Science Association is a registered charity dedicated to connecting people with science by promoting openness about science in society, and engaging and inspiring adults and young people directly with science and technology. In addition to the Science Communication Conference, the Association organises a number of major initiatives annually including the British Science Festival and National Science & Engineering Week.