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A Rough Guide to Science in the News
October 22, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Every day science makes the news, whether it is what foods we should eat or avoid, the latest drug that could help in the fight against cancer or the looming threat of antibiotic resistance.
But how do we make sense of what we read in the media? Sometimes conflicting and controversial claims leave us confused or perhaps we feel nervous about the latest advances in science and technology, especially if they could be exploited or misused.
In this talk we will take you behind the scenes, help you understand how science and the media works, what lessons we have learnt from past controversies, and how this can help you make sense of what you read today.
Marie-Anne Robertson is the Science Communications Manager for the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. In her early days as a pharmacology undergraduate she discovered her passion for science was not fulfilled by sitting at the lab bench, but in finding interesting ways to communicate science.
Over the last 10 years she has worked in communication roles spanning topics including health, genetics, agriculture, international development and environmental science. Along the way she delved into the world of marketing, as well as science writing, and discovered that communicating science involves much more than the ability to explain complex topics.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.