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Science Media Centre


The Science Media Centre has launched a new series of intensive media and communications skills workshops for scientists and researchers across New Zealand.


Auckland – 20-21 November 2014 – APPLY NOW

Looking for another location? – Register your interest here

TVNZ - inside studio 3Designed specifically to orient scientists and researchers to the realities of a rapidly changing media environment, these workshops offer practical skills and experience that will help participants work more effectively with media.

Over two days, participants gain confidence and learn strategies enabling them to successfully navigate a range of media encounters. The individualised media training and feedback provided can accommodate a range of experience levels, from intensive introduction, to master class for seasoned science communicators.

Significant opportunities to hear from working journalists — during a newsroom tour, media discussion panel, and chance to pitch a story to journalists — are a unique strength of the course. Science Media SAVVY workshops are led by Peter Griffin and Dacia Herbulock of the Science Media Centre, with support from veteran media trainer Michael Brown of Skillset NZ.

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Course fees: NEW Lower price of $595 + GST per person (lunch and refreshments included) PLUS, we now have TWO scholarships covering full course fees available per workshop, one for early career researchers and one for a qualifying postgraduate student who show exceptional promise in the field of science communication.

Additional information on SAVVY (PDF)

Download a flyer for August 2014 Hamilton workshop (PDF)

outside TVNZ 1Why bother with media?

Scientists who are comfortable and effective in front of media are better able to explain their research and its significance to a wider public. They gain a voice for science on important issues, using evidence to inform public opinion. They extend their ability to reach potential collaborators and business partners, attracting unexpected benefits. They can help inspire young people to become scientists, and spark an appreciation for science in new audiences.

Practical communication skills gained can be put to immediate use to improve public lectures, stakeholder briefings, grant applications, interactions with students, colleagues and investors, as well as other forms of outreach.

Previous workshops:

Click through to see photos and read feedback from participants: The pilot workshop was held in Christchurch in October 2012, with funding support from the 2011 Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication award winner, Dr Mark Quigley.  The second SAVVY workshop took place in March 2013, hosted by the Liggins Institute, with further workshops held in Wellington in June and August, Auckland in November 2013, Dunedin in March 2014Wellington in May 2014 and Hamilton in August 2014.

Over 80 scientists have now completed Science Media SAVVY.

If you have questions, or would like to register your interest in applying for a future workshop in your area, contact the Science Media Centre at with ‘Science Media SAVVY’ in the subject line.

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