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26 June 2012

Communicating research

Climate change, environmental issues, human ‘spare parts’, the wired society — we live in revolutionary times. Researchers have a key role to play. The need for them to engage in debate, communicate their research and explain it intelligibly is more urgent than ever.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) therefore have pleasure in inviting researchers and communicators to a half-day seminar featuring Andy Torr, a science and research communicator of international repute who is visiting Sweden in September. We have taken the opportunity to engage him to give a talk and run a workshop afterwards, on two consecutive days.

As well as obtaining practical advice on how to communicate research and science to both international and national target groups, you will get an in-depth understanding of these groups’ various agendas.
Don’t miss this opportunity if you would like to improve your ability to convey research findings and reach out to others.

The workshop on Monday 10 September from 9.00am to noon, followed by lunch, is for research communicators at universities and other higher education institutions. The venue will be KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
The workshop on Tuesday 11 September from 9.00am to noon, followed by lunch, is aimed at researchers and especially those with grants from SSF and Mistra. On this day, the venue will be the centrally located World Trade Center Stockholm.

Register by 17 August at the latest to mail@mistra.org, stating which day you wish to attend and whether you will be staying for lunch.

The seminar and lunch are both free of charge, and the seminar will be held in English. In August, detailed information will be sent to all those who have registered.

Queries: malin.lindgren@mistra.org.

Andy Torr, Communications and Research Resource Officer, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Andy Torr provides strategic communications support to the Vice President Research & International at Canada's third-largest university. He has extensive experience in translating complex research concepts into general terms for audiences in government, funding agencies, academia, media and the public.

He delivers regular workshops on communications strategy and presentation skills to national and international audiences.

Andy Torr holds a degree in environmental science and specializes in messaging about sustainability, marine conservation and science communication.