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Public Communication of Science and Technology


Creative Research Communication
Theory and Practice

Clare Wilkinson  

The last thirty years have encapsulated many changes for researchers, at all levels, who are interested in communicating their research. Much has been learnt in science communication about what does and doesn't work, and why, whilst other disciplines have been reflecting on their own role in research communication processes. From an individual perspective the students of today are more likely to see communication and engagement training featuring in their plans for the future. Whilst the growing institutional and policy infrastructure to support and encourage communication and engagement, particularly when applied to research impact, is subtly altering the possible incentives and disincentives for participation. Thus, these are important times for research communication and rather than respond only to 'diktats' which may diminish research communication to a tick box exercise, we would see it as a time to embrace opportunities for creative research communication approaches and prove their worth. Creative Research Communication: Theory and Practice is a new book to be launched in 2016 by Manchester University Press and authored by Dr Clare Wilkinson and Dr Emma Weitkamp, who are based at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The book seeks to create a space for creativity as one way to encourage the integrity of a research communication activity, and to see research communication as much as an art, a craft or a conversation, as a science, a method or an attainment. The poster will cover the key themes of the book including engagement via the arts, online contexts, face to face events and through policy settings, as well as exploring questions regarding what it means to be a creative and ethical research communicator, who also has impact.

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