SCI:COM is the largest science communications conference in Ireland, founded by UCD, and Whipsmart Media, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and supported by a range of organisations and initiatives including British Council Ireland and FameLab Ireland. Now in its third year, the event offers an exciting range of talks, panel discussions, brainstorming and networking. SCI:COM brings together the individuals that represent the public face of research in Ireland welcoming researchers, media, industry, policy makers, funders and event organisers. Anyone who is involved in the communication of science, medicine, technology or has a place at SCI:COM to network, share ideas, get inspired and meet future collaborators. Last year, the conference saw 300 delegates and it will see even more participate this year.
This Year's Theme: THE POWER OF PARTICIPATION
How can science harness the power of the crowd? Do the arts have a place in STEM or is it just a distraction? What's the best way of engaging your audience? More importantly, what's the best way of listening to them? And what would research look like if it were designed by the people most affected by it? SCI:COM, now bigger and better than ever, will be asking some vital questions and assembling an incredible array of talent that will help delegates get to grips with these modes of collaboration. 2017's programme is their most ambitious, with a programme of satellite events across the city including a return of THINK:TANK, the hackathon for social good, an after-party poetry slam, one-off collaborations and surprise performances over two days 06-07 December.
UK contributors include Robin Ince - comedian and collaborator (with Brian Cox) of The Infinite Monkey Cage, Jane Kinghorn - BBC editor and trainer, Sam Illingworth - poet and science communication expert and Helen Spiers - scientist, artist and lead on Medical at Zooniverse. Sci:Com will also host a meeting of the British and Irish Science Journalists Association.