"An excellent learning opportunity for a science communication manager"
"It was such an inspirational course, leaving with my head full of ideas and a presentation with the first development steps for us, ready to get straight into anchoring and planning"
We live in an era of abundant scientific information. In order to address pressing issues such as the pandemic, climate-change, poverty and more, it is crucial for science and society to close ranks, build trust, learn from each other and work together in order to tackle these societal challenges. To strive towards this end, those working in the often separate landscapes of science communication and societal impact would benefit from mutual learning.
Science communicators have long used the media and other engagement strategies to advocate for the value of science to the public and to enhance trust while professionals in the societal impact space have continuously worked to facilitate positive scientific contributions to the economy, society, environment and/or culture, undertakings which cannot be achieved without science communication skills, tools, methods and infrastructures. With these overlapping endeavours and activities, impact professionals can better support their mission for advancing societal impact through understanding how science communication may be leveraged to achieve this end, while science communicators can better understand the impact of their outreach efforts and the big-picture effect it has and can have through dialogue with impact experts.
Due to these considerations, AESIS brings together experts involved in the field of science communication and impact of science to provide an interactive training course on Science Communication for Societal Impact. This year’s edition will cover key topics within the impact and science communication spaces, and will moreover delve deeply into issues that are widely discussed in the African Continent and other Global South regions, such as: