The Dennis Meredith Lecture (“Explaining research: new tricks for new media” ) is to be held at the MMU on 9th June at 4:00pm.
Who is Dennis Meredith?
“Your career success doesn’t just depend on doing good work. You must also explain that work to important audiences: your colleagues, funding officers, donors, your institution’s leaders, students, your own family and friends, journalists and the public.
Dennis Meredith will offer invaluable tips on using new-media technologies to engage those audiences in a clear and compelling way.” Institute of Physics
Dennis Meredith has served as a science communicator at leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the US’s major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over a four-decade career. Among his achievements, he was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, helping to establish that international research news service that links thousands journalists to news from hundreds of research institutions.
As such effective communication skills are vital to our enterprise, I have made arrangements to have a live screening of this free webinar (web seminar/online lecture) in C0.14. The lecture theatre is booked beyond the duration of the webinar ie till however long it takes to allow colleagues to discuss and share knowledge on how we may adopt some of the “tricks”, what resources we need etc. This comes at a most opportune time as some of the advice will prove helpful in the following week’s activities ie UUK.
As part of this process Conway wishes to use Twitter as a backchannel tool. AS part of the process a hashtag was also required which would enable colleagues to follow the conference. Conway decided to use the tag #MMUMeredith.
The lecture will be held in C01 which seats approx 20 people. Approx. 40 lapttops will be avaialbe for tweetig. Tweets will be displayed on one of the two big screens in the lecture theatre. The audience will consist of lecturers and researchers.
Informed CM that he ensures delegates have Twitter accounts before lecture. He also wants to be able to share pictures, create a discussion group as a follow-up to the lecture. CM wishes to setup a presentation for interested colleagues using Live@edu.
One of the aims is to record the lecture. Possibly provide colleagues with flip cameras to recordtheir experience. It would then be possible to podcast the sessions and tag them for possible upload to the podcast server.