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‘Media, disasters and the public’ — A communications workshop for natural hazards researchers, scientists and engineers

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Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers.

This workshop will cover a range of practical and research-based insights into effective science communication for different audiences, including media and members of the public.

Date: Friday, 10 October 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Location: Wellington – Royal Society of New Zealand
Fees: $120 (Natural Hazard Research Platform members qualify for 50% subsidy – please contact NHRP for more details)

This workshop has been organised with support from: Natural Hazards Research Platform; Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey/GNS); Science Media Centre; Massey University; Engaging Social Science (eSocSci); and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Click on the image at right to download a printable flyer for this event.

 UPDATE: Audio and slides from selected sessions now available online.

Final programme now available – DOWNLOAD PDF version with speaker bios

Media, disasters and the public workshop – Friday 10 October

Final programme

Time

Session

Speaker(s)

9:00

Opening remarks

Peter Gluckman (Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser)

9:15

Experiences from the ‘front lines’

Kelvin Berryman (Natural Hazards Research Platform)

9:30

ACTIVITY: Media experiences, stereotypes and fears

Sara McBride (Joint Centre for Disaster Research), Dacia Herbulock (Science Media Centre)

10:00

Science communication throughout the scientific process

Mark Quigley (University of Canterbury)

10:40

MORNING TEA

11:00

Translating ‘science speak’ for the public in disaster

Julia Becker (GNS Science)

11:15

How the changing media landscape affects you

Peter Griffin (Science Media Centre)

11:35

What to do with politicians in a crisis

Steve Maharey (Massey University)

12:00

ACTIVITY: Scientists on camera – what your audience sees

Dacia Herbulock (SMC)

12:35

LUNCH

1:15

Breakout sessions A / B

A: Social media

Sara Page (GeoNet), Kimberly Collins (Tweet Your Science)

B: Trauma: what the audience hears

Ian de Terte (Massey), Elspeth Tilley (Massey)

2:00

Breakout sessions C / D

C: Strategies for communicating uncertainty

Emma Hudson-Doyle (JCDR), Jared Thomas (Opus), Dacia Herbulock (SMC)

D: Lessons from Cyclones Lusi, Ita and the Matariki storm

Kerry McSaveney (Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office), Jacqui Bridges (MetService)

2:45

AFTERNOON TEA

3:00

What media need in a crisis: Journalists’ perspectives

Paul Gorman (The Press), Renee Graham (TVNZ)

3:30

DISCUSSION

4:00

Unified voice or multiple perspectives in public: Is consistent messaging important for scientists?

Chair: Peter Griffin, Panel: Paul Gorman, Kelvin Berryman, Mark Quigley, Helen Jack (ECan)

4:45

Concluding remarks

Kelvin Berryman

5:00

DAY ENDS

For more information, contact Dacia Herbulock on 04 499 5476 or smc@sciencemediacentre.co.nz

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