The “How to K.I.S.S. better in Science!” (K.I.S.S. – Keep It Short & Simple) was a 3-day conference (24-26/11/2017) held at Shakolas Educational Centre in Nicosia.
This was the first Science Communication conference in Cyprus and was funded by the “Students in Action” programme, implemented by the Youth Board of Cyprus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The purpose of the programme is to support and empower students and is linked with the implementation of the National Youth Strategy.
The conference addressed currently active students, alumni students, as well as academics. It was specifically designed to meet the needs of scientists and researchers, in order to effectively communicate scientific or technical information in a variety of public and professional interactions (media interviews, writing grant proposals, discussing ideas with students, testifying before conferences, or participating in public discussions).
Conference’s goals included building scientists’ communication skills and confidence in engaging with public audiences and providing the best practices of different communication methods. The workshops focused on the importance of effective communication through discussion, self-reflection, small group exercises and practice sessions. The aim was to encourage workshop participants to think about how science communication applies to their own field and realise the opportunities that could arise by acquiring science communication skills.
All modules were offered by experts in the field of Science Communication from abroad, old FameLabers 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, was the Conference Host, while the team of trainers included experienced Science Communicators as well, like Karl Byrne, Theo Anagnostopoulos and Kareem Helmee.
One of the indirect goals of the Conference was to promote the FameLab competition as a unique opportunity for young Cypriot Scientists and Researchers to communicate their research with the wider public in Cyprus. Thus, during the 3-day conference, a special FameLab session (Hall of FameLab) was held with the previous winners of FameLab Cyprus.