Cork Conference will help shape the future of science communications in Europe

Munster Technological University (MTU) has secured yet another prestigious international science conference for Cork. The 2022 EUSEA (European Science Engagement Association) Conference, which helps to shape the future of science communication in Europe, takes place at Munster Technological University’s Bishopstown Campus and Blackrock Castle Observatory on 6th and 7th July. This is the first time that the conference has been held in person in Ireland.

The event, which will attract more than 120 science engagement professionals from 15 countries, is worth almost ¼ million euro (€250,000) to the local economy, according to Cork Convention Bureau. It will be attended by educational authorities, industry, science researchers, policy makers, teachers, third level and post grad students, early career research students and science communicators.
The annual event, which brings the European science communications community together, gives advice and tools to help those working in the sector to become better communicators so they can share the wonders of science, or their research, with the public in a comprehensible way. The theme for the event is “Let’s Co-Create the Future” and the collaborative conference will showcase how the arts can help to promote and communicate science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

Commenting, Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research at MTU and Head of MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory said,  “MTU and Blackrock Castle Observatory want to continue to position Cork as a place for STEM innovation and STEM engagement that brings tangible benefits to all.  Bringing international conferences like this to our city helps to cement our expertise in associated industries. We are still reaping the rewards of bringing other high- profile conferences to Cork like the International Space Studies Programme in 2017.
“This EUSEA event is a must for anyone working in science communications in Ireland and Europe, whether you are a science teacher or researcher, a third level or post grad science student, a policy maker, or working for an educational authority.”

Keynotes will be given by Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland and Jon Chase, science communicator, author and science rapper.

Other interesting talks include how people can influence climate change in cities, the increasingly important role that photonics is playing in today’s world from lighting our homes to converting sunlight to electricity, and how to get the public to engage with STEM, in public. In total, the interactive, dialogue-oriented event will present 40 sessions with 49 speakers.
Commenting further on the Conference, Elizabeth Carroll-Twomey, Senior Research Officer at MTU said, “We owe it to the world to do a better job communicating science, its unique capacity to provide solutions to problems that previously seemed insurmountable, and the excitement of incredible discoveries being made right now that fundamentally change our view of our cosmos and ourselves. The EUSEA Conference is a fantastic platform that will help us all to become better communicators and to inspire future generations to appreciate the potential for good that comes with understanding how the Universe we live in works. We are very proud to host this prestigious event in Cork this year.”

In partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), MTU and EUSEA are offering 30 bursary awards for the conference, open to freelancers, self-employed individuals, institutes, and postgrads in a STEM discipline. Applicants can apply directly with a cover email to euseacork@mtu.ie.

For more details, the full programme is available here:  
https://eusea.info/eusea2022/

For further information contact Elizabeth Carroll-Twomey, MTU LOC Coordinator, +353 21 4335303 elizabeth.twomey@mtu.ie, or Dr. Annette Klinkert, Executive Director EUSEA, +49 151 2300 6370. annette.klinkert@eusea.info