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Science Media Centre – Tips for busy researchers

Video workshop for scientists

The Science Media Centre will be at UC for its popular science video making workshop which offers researchers the chance to get science video savvy.  

These Science Media SAVVY workshops focus on giving scientists the tools and skills to communicate their research in 90 second videos aimed at an online audience and leveraging platforms like YouTube and Vimeo and news websites like Stuff and Herald Online.

Great short videos can be produced using the high-definition camera built into your smartphone or tablet. How can you harness this technology to bring your science to life and what are the best ways to shoot, edit and distribute your video content?

Story-telling and video production

Video production expert Baz Caitcheon knows exactly how to get the best out of smartphones and video editing apps and has trained Fairfax Media journalists in smartphone-based video production.

He will answer all of your questions, give you some hands-on demos and introduce you to great tools that will help you in the video production process.

You will gain experience shooting footage and developing a video concept.

PLUS: In the weeks following the workshop, Baz will mentor you to help you on the path to producing your first science video!

Download this science video – storyboard template to help you plan your own science video.

Workshop details

The workshops are free to attend, but limited to 15 places – university and CRI researchers get top priority.

This is a competitive application process – the best applicants will be selected based on the video concepts outlined in the application form.


WHERE: Christchurch, University of Canterbury (Wednesday November 22, 9.30am – 1pm)

PRICE: Free – by invitation only – apply below (applications close November 15)

The workshops will cover:
– Developing short video concepts
– Finding images and footage to make your video
– DIY video – harnessing your smartphone to make great videos
– Software and tools you can use to get the best out of video

Feedback on Science Media SAVVY video workshops from previous attendees:

“The workshop was an excellent introduction to creative ways to convey science to the general public. I learnt so much it’s hard to quantify but mostly I would just like to say that it made things possible.” – Christchurch SAVVY participant

“This has given me an excellent insight into the power of this media and the confidence to give it a go.” – Palmerston North SAVVY participant

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National Science Challenge funding for seed projects explained

The National Science Challenge recently issued a Call for Proposals to fund eight to 10 Seed Projects in 2016.

And to explain what sort of research it is likely to fund, a series of roadshows are being held around the country.

Christchurch’s roadshow will be held at the UC.

Date:     Friday 15th April 2016

Time:     12noon -1:30pm

Venue: Conference Foyer, John Britten Building

This is an opportunity to ask questions about Seed Project funding, find how to apply and how you can get involved in the Science for Technological Innovation research community.