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Telling Stories with Science

12 September 2019
9.30am – 11.30am
Infuse Theatre (1 Fusionopolis Way, #14-03 Connexis South, Singapore 138632)
Open to post-docs and research scientists in A*STAR.
Other interested parties can write to [email protected] and will be placed on the wait-list.

How can we use the media to engage and enthuse the public about science? How can we translate scientific research into exciting and memorable stories? Join science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford and Royal Institution Head of Education Dom McDonald to explore how to take your research successfully into the media landscape. With a wealth of experience covering print, radio, television and podcast, Adam with share stories which will illuminate and explore the diverse ways science can be brought to life for the general public. Dom McDonald will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the world of science communication; from finding and understanding different audiences, to designing and developing engagement activities. This workshop is a great primer for those intending to incorporate science communication into their research careers.

Adam Rutherford, Science Writer and Broadcaster:

Adam Rutherford is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries on the inheritance of intelligence, MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud and the evolution of sex. On television, Adam’s latest series, The Beauty of Anatomy, is on BBC4 since August 2014, on the role of the human dissection in art. Adam presented the award-winning Horizon: Playing God (BBC2, Jan 2012); The Gene Code (BBC4, Apr 2011); and the award-winning The Cell (BBC4, Sept 2009). His critically acclaimed first book, Creation – on the origin and future of life - was published in 2013, and was nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Adam has a PhD in Genetics, a degree in evolutionary biology; is an honorary Research Fellow at UCL and a former Editor at the science journal Nature.

Dom McDonald, Head of Education at the Royal Institution:

Since the mid-90s, Dom McDonald has been working to engage different audiences with the sciences. He has worked in Learned Societies, museums, schools, government, and the arts; transforming their public work by giving them a robust evidence-based foundation and building strong delivery partnerships. Dom McDonald has more than 20 years of experience in science communication activities (i.e. citizen science events, science festivals, adult learning programmes, training researchers, science comedy etc.) in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Norway; running citizen science events, freelancing at science festivals, developing adult learning programmes, training researchers, and performing science comedy.