The “How to K.I.S.S. better in Science!” conference has received funding from the “Students in Action” programme, implemented by the Youth Board in Cyprus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus. The purpose of the programme is to support and empower students and is linked with the implementation of the National Youth Strategy.
The “How to K.I.S.S. better in Science!” (K.I.S.S. – Keep It Short & Simple) is a 3-day conference, the first Science Communication conference in Cyprus. The conference addresses currently active students, alumni students, as well as academics and is specifically designed to meet the needs of scientists and researchers, to effectively communicate scientific or technical information in a variety of public and professional interactions, such as media interviews, writing grant proposals, discussing ideas with students, testifying before conferences, or participating in public forums.
Communication of science to various stakeholders is increasingly recognized as a responsibility of scientists yet how do scientists learn these skills? While scientists are thoroughly trained in research methodologies, analytical skills, and the ability to communicate with other scientists, they usually receive no explicit training in communication of scientific concepts to a layperson audience.
Conference’s goals include building scientists’ communication skills and confidence in engaging with public audiences and providing the best practices for use in different communication methods and mechanisms. The workshops will focus on the importance of effective communication that clearly conveys scientific concepts through discussion, self-reflection, small group exercises and practice sessions. The aim is to encourage workshop participants to think about how content applies to their own work and the future communication opportunities.
All modules will be offered by experts in the field of Science Communication from abroad, old FameLabbers from Cyprus and abroad, distinguished Researchers and Scientists, as well as successful professionals in their fields. Quentin Cooper, “the world’s most enthusiastic man” according to The Times, will be the Conference Host, while other experienced Science Communicators like Karl Byrne, Theo Anagnostopoulos and Kareem Helmee complete the team of trainers.
One of the indirect goals of the Conference is to promote the FameLab competition as a unique opportunity for youth Cypriot Scientists and Researchers to communicate their science and research with the wider public in Cyprus. Thus, during the 3-day conference, a special FameLab session (Hall of FameLab) will be hosted including the past winners of FameLab Cyprus.