The Science Media SAVVY workshop is designed to increase confidence and enhance media skills in researchers so they can engage more effectively with the wider public through broadcast, print and social media.
This two-day workshop is specifically to help scientists, engineers and other academics (not limited to scientific disciplines, but needs to be evidence/research-based) learn how to more effectively describe their work to media.
UC academics from all disciplines are encouraged to apply/attend. Places cost $595 (excl. GST), which is a third of the actual cost (subsidised by MBIE). (Needs-based funding support is available.)
Participants gain practical techniques to improve communication, deal with nerves, adapt their message to their audience and respond effectively when an interview becomes challenging. The workshop offers strategies to successfully navigate a range of media encounters, with take-home lessons that also apply to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach.
Created specifically to orient researchers to the realities of a rapidly changing media environment, Science Media SAVVY provides insights into the priorities and decision-making behind the news, and lays out strategies for researchers to contribute constructively when their areas of expertise become trending topics. This is open to researchers at any career stage.
Applications now open for 26-27 October event in Christchurch.