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Researchers seek clearer focus for climate change message

Posted on 21 March 2011

Early career researchers are to host a workshop at the University of York that aims to rebuild public trust in climate change science.

Professor Bob Watson, Chief Scientist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be among speakers at the event on 23 March in the University’s Department of Biology.

The workshop offers 100 PhD students and researchers the chance to benefit from the experiences of the UK’s top science communicators, including representatives from the British Council, Science Media Centre and the Public Interest Research Centre. Alexandra Bell, PhD student in Biology, said: “We decided to organise the event because public trust in climate change science is at a 10 year low, despite the evidence base never being stronger. The day will allow our audience of early-career researchers to share lessons and tips on how best to get their research out there and really engage the public.” The day will finish with a debate chaired by Steve Connor of the Independent, with questions from the audience answered by a panel of speakers.

Dr Calvin Dytham, of the Department of Biology at York, said: “The workshop is important and very timely as the effective communication of scientific results through the media to the public is particularly important with climate change. The University of York is particularly well placed to host this event as world-leading research on the impacts of climate change is carried out here. Inviting representatives from politics, NGOs, academia and the media to speak is an excellent way to stimulate discussion and debate.”

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