On 18 and 19 June 2015, ESO will host a workshop entitled Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures -- Expectations -- Experiences -- Examples, organised by the Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities (ERF-AISBL). The event will take place at the ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany.
National research infrastructures and large EU-funded projects share the responsibility to present their research to their funding bodies, the scientific community and society at large. Even though it is generally accepted that good public relations and communication play a fundamental role, expectations with regards to science communication activities often remain unclear.
The aim of the workshop is to facilitate a dialogue between funding agencies and project managers on the goals of scientific dissemination activities. Furthermore, public relations and public information officers will share their experience and gain insights into the expectations of funding bodies as well as from experts from academia dealing with the topics of communication and public understanding of science.
Among the topics that will be addressed are: communicating for a facility under construction, risk communication, public relations for EU-funded projects, communicating the socio-economic return of research infrastructures and more. Abstracts can be submitted up to 1 March 2015. Registration opens on 8 January 2015 and will close on 18 May 2015. The registration fee is 150 euros. Further information can be found here.