It’s not every day that science communicators from across the globe can be in the same place for stimulating discussions and exchanging best practices.
The Public Awareness of Research Infrastructure (PARI) conference returned after its huge success from the two previous events hosted in Garching, Germany in 2015/17. We were delighted to host the PARI III 2019 conference at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).
For over 100 delegates, the three-day programme hoped to inspire individuals to make complex information well understood to the general public and distribute it as broadly as possible.
Tori Blakeman, STFC’s Impact and Engagement Officer said: "The three days I spent at PARI 2019 were stimulating, inspiring and hugely enjoyable. I loved taking part in lively debates with science communicators from all over the world and gaining insights into communications tactics from many world-leading organisations."
Professor Sheila Rowan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director, Institute of Gravitational Research, The University of Glasgow, speaking at the conference dinner
The conference gathered together science communicators, and public relations and engagement professionals to collaborate and share their best practices and expertise Participants returned home with new ideas for their work by learning how other research institutions are communicating the importance of science and research infrastructures to society.
Some of the hot topics during the conference were discussing fake news, LGBTQ+ representation in STEM and the importance of unconventional outreach.
Loic Bommersbach, CERN’s social media officer said: “The PARI conference was an amazing opportunity to discover many science communications projects across Europe and I also got to meet people face-to-face; people you follow on social media but never get to see.”
PARI 2019 was supported by EIROforum and ERF-AISBL Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities.
Check out the #PARI2019 conversation on Twitter (it was trending worldwide!)
Last updated: 15 April 2019