Science and Society Workshop

Science and Society: Do they have to be Poles apart?

22nd and 23rd April, 2014

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. 




About the Workshop

The UK Polar Network will be hosting a two day career development workshop entitled “Science and Society: Do they have to be Poles apart?” in Southampton on the 22nd and 23rd April 2014.

Workshop Aims

The workshop will cover the ways in which we can all make our research more accessible: within the academic environment to an extent, but mostly outside in the public sphere.

All scientists are required to take an active role in public engagement, and this is a task that can be more daunting than presenting at large conferences or submitting papers for review. This interactive workshop will provide you with the knowledge and experience to make your research accessible and interesting in the public realm.


The workshop will be open to 50 attendees. We expect the majority of these to be PhD students, but would like to see a good representation of all levels of early career researchers.

The Foreign Commission Office have funded the conference as part of their British Antarctic Territory Education & Outreach aims, which means we can keep costs as low as possible for all attendees.

We have some funding available to contribute towards travel and accommodation of undergraduate, masters and PhD students. When applying, please give a break down of your estimated costs.

Workshop Schedule

The workshop schedule is still being finalised, but we have the following sessions confirmed:

  • Social media and blogging, and it’s use during the Catlin Arctic Survey. Dr Ceri Lewis (Exeter University).
  • Writing press releases and dealing with the media. NOC Press Team. 
  • “Can outreach make you a “better” researcher?” Dr Jon Copley (University of Southampton).
  • School outreach and hands on education. International Polar Foundation

To be finalised:

During the second day, the UKPN will also be hosting their AGM. All attendees are welcome, and this will provide and opportunity for you to get involved if you wish, and put forward any suggestions for events and activities in the coming year.

Tuesday 22nd will run from 09:30 to 17:30

Wednesday 23rd will run from 09:00 to 17:30


Want to know more? Email us at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!