Keynote 1: Hard and Soft Borders in Communicating Research by Brian Trench

Join us the 8th of November at 10:15-11:00 in the Solas Room, U-building, DCU Glasnevin Campus.

Many of the most socially urgent research topics – sometimes referred to as Grand Challenges – are situated at the boundaries of established disciplines. Many of the most intellectually stimulating research topics require contributions from, and maybe collaborations between, natural and social sciences, as well as humanities. Social institutions outside higher education and research increasingly expect researchers to give public account of themselves. All of these circumstances raise issues about how and where research is communicated beyond the academic and specialist spheres.

This keynote considers the complex communication challenges facing researchers and asks how higher education institutions prepare early-career researchers for these challenges. The speaker presents some key ideas on, and explores diverse formats for, public communication of research that also relate to communication between disciplines and between academic and other communities.      

Brian Trench is a science communication researcher and trainer, and a former university lecturer and journalist. He has authored of many papers and book chapters on various aspects of science communication, as well as coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, and acted as presenter of talks and workshop in over 20 countries.

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