Submit your abstract by February 10: Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures II

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Submit your abstract by February 10: Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures II

May 29, 2017 - May 30, 2017


Conference on communicating the importance of science to society

Scope of the workshop

Science is exciting, enlightening, complex, fundamental, precise, logical, and creative, all at the same time. However, for the public to get in touch with it and understand why it encompasses all these concepts, efforts need to be made to bridge science and society. With this aim, communication teams at research infrastructures work with a range of methods and channels. They make complex information more tangible and disseminate it as broadly as possible so that the public can understand and be engaged.

This conference aims to be a hands-on forum for communication officers and public relations staff to share their experiences and expertise. The aim is that participants return home with new ideas for their work, by learning how and with which means other research institutions are communicating the importance of science and of research infrastructures to society.

Please submit your abstract by February 10.

Topics include

Evaluation of communication activities and impact
Public engagement through visitor programmes and exhibitions
Unconventional outreach: thinking out of the box
Funding for communication outside the known pathways
Engaging the scientists
Using online social media channels
Enhancing collaboration at research campuses, clusters, and projects
Branding and visual identity
Communicating on a small budget
Issues Management and Crisis Communication


In 2015 we held the first workshop on Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures. Given its success and very positive feedback from the participants, we are now organising the second edition of PARI. PARI2015 was the 10thof a series of events organised by the ERF-AISBL, the European Association of National Research Facilities. We are glad that the EIROforum joined in for the organisation of PARI2017.

Registration fee

200€ (including access to workshop and social dinner in Munich’s city centre)


May 29, 2017
May 30, 2017
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European Southern Observatory
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
Garching, 85748 Germany
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