Many people will be interested in the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand Annual Conference at Massey University, Palmerston North November 9 – 10. The theme is “SCIENCE COMMUNICATION – BEYOND THE DAILY NEWS”, which is a very commendable goal.
The conference should have wide appeal and there is an interesting line up of speakers including Professor Sir Peter Gluckman (Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor), Andrew Waterworth (Executive Producer from Natural History New Zealand), Barry Fox (former Vice President of CBS), and Dr Brennon Wood from Massey University and Greg Carlyon from Horizons Regional Council. The conference also boasts workshops on communication for scientists, making videos, opportunities for museums, challenges of dealing with IP, blogging, communicating across the sciences and getting science to the public. Peter Griffin from the Science Media Centre (www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz) will also give a presentation on science journalism.
The conference will be held at the Sport and Rugby Institute on the Massey Campus http://www.sportandrugbyinstitute.co.nz and will cost $240 which includes the conference dinner. For more details and to register go to the SCANZ website www.scanz.co.nz or register online http://www.scanz.co.nz/conference.asp.