Friday's session of the British Science Association's 2013 Science Communication Conference.
- I was lucky enough to be awarded a one-day bursary for the SciComm Conference, and chose to attend Friday's event. It took place at a venue minutes away from King's Cross in London. I thought the layout was great - easy to find your way around and not too big.
- Good opportunity to 'break the ice' over some coffee, tea and breakfast pastries before the day's first opening session. We started the morning brainstorming about the future of science communication.
- A number of interesting topics and projects came up. The chair of the session Timandra Harkness was great - bubbly sense of humour and a sharp eye for discussion points.
- Fiona Fox brought loads of energy to a session asking: Who should communicate messages and how? What are the dangers of getting it wrong?
- The timing of the sessions was pretty good, we had a break for refreshments at 11:30 and lunch at 13:00. By lunchtime we had about a 15 minute delay in the start/end of the talks, but no biggie, everyone took it easy.
- The next session was my probably my favourite - a "whistle stop tour" of online engagement tools. Good fun!
- It's great when you see some audience participation in these kind of events.
- I would say that this next session was a bit hard to follow - the speakers were covering completely different topics, from student interest in science to innovative approaches in science exhibitions.
- I loved how they ended the conference with a light-hearted and comical dialogue between Timadra Harkness and Helen Pilcher. Back in the day, they did some science comedy shows together - it showed!
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