Senior Lecturer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
Will Grant is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Most of his work has focused on the interaction of science and politics, and how such interactions are changing with new technology. If you’re into that kind of thing, he tweets at @willozap and podcasts at @WholesomeShow and The Key Message.
About the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)
CPAS is the world’s most diverse academic science communication centre. The Centre’s mission is to encourage a confident democratic ownership of modern science nationally and internationally by increasing science awareness in the community, fostering public dialogue about science, and improving the communication skills of scientists.
Through research led education our students become skilled communicators who can engage people with the science, technology, or medical information that is most relevant to them.
Our research investigates the ways science is being communicated in the public arena, new ways to excite the public imagination about science and methods to encourage informed decisions about scientific issues that concern us in the 21st century.
CPAS staff are regular contributors to public commentary of science and related topics through radio, podcasts, public presentations and events.
More than just another lecture, CPAS workshops are full of practical exercises and applications designed to help you communicate your science more effectively. From job interviews to conferences to presenting to public audiences our workshops will help you have your desired impact.
Our workshops draw from best practice in science communication theory, as well as from techniques developed by the Alda Centre for Communicating Science in Stony Brook University, USA. Your presenters do more than just teach the content, they use it themselves in their public communications so you know they are teaching you something that works!
Using science in persuasive and strategic communication
Workshop, Monday 14 May, 1430–1600
>> Can you use science to make a compelling argument?
>> How much science is too much?
>> How do you know if you’ve been successful?
This workshop is designed to introduce the latest research into effective persuasive and strategic communication in the context of science. We can provide the opportunity to use what you’ve learned in a variety of ways including applying for funding, influencing science policy, talking to the media, and the public. Using a range of improv exercises and research led discussion, we work with you to discover how to frame and craft messages to best suit your audiences and goals.
We will equip you with ideas and strategies to find ‘common ground’ in contentious topics, how to hone your key message and communicate it effectively to an audience – even difficult ones.