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Science in crises – some communications dos and don’ts

Peter Griffin posted in on February 10th, 2017.

This week I had the pleasure of attending part of a University of Otago symposium on infectious diseases and gave a short talk on the role the media can play in communicating risk and uncertainty in times of crisis. It was a fascinating afternoon, capped off with an excellent public lecture by visiting expert Professor […]

Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Tsunami risk from Chilean earthquake – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 2nd, 2014.

A two metre-high tsunami has been generated after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off Chile earlier today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake was centred 86km north-west of Iquique in northern Chile. A tsunami warning has been issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador and a tsunami watch is in effect […]

Nuclear expert – Q&A with Prof Robin Grimes

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2014.

Three years on from Fukushima, questions are still being asked about the long term impacts of radiation contamination for local communities and the wider environment. Public attitudes towards nuclear energy and perceptions of the associated risks have shifted globally, though not always in the same direction. Visiting nuclear energy specialist Prof Robin Grimes, the current UK […]

L’Aquila convictions about science communication, not about quake prediction

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

A statement released by GNS Science on the conviction of Italian scientists on manslaughter charges: The manslaughter conviction of six scientists and a government official in the wake of the magnitude 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake in Italy in 2009 is a complex matter involving legal, scientific, emotional and political aspects. It is also concerned with a […]

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