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Siân Lindley <[log in to unmask]>
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Siân Lindley <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:56:51 +0000
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Dear all,
This year at the CHI conference, SIGCHI is running a special track to support outreach, focusing on 'Dealing with the Press' and 'Communicating your Research to the Public' (details below). Sessions will be delivered by Helen Pilcher, a professional science journalist and communications trainer. If you would like to attend, please select a session by editing your CHI registration under the STICK drop-down (Special Track In Communicating Knowledge). The few remaining places are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and are available for free to SIGCHI members.

Dealing with the Press - Tues 9th May 14:30-17:50
Interacting with the media can be daunting and frustrating. Researchers frequently comment on how their work is misrepresented in the popular press. This session aims to give participants the skills needed to interact confidently with the media, and get their key messages across. Areas to be covered include:
- Understanding how research hits the headlines
- How to make the best of being interviewed
- Defining and defending your message
- Dealing with nerves
Communicating your Research to the Public - Weds 10th May 9:30-11:50
Researchers are increasingly called upon to communicate with non-specialist audiences, but it can be difficult to communicate complex scientific topics in a way that makes them accessible and engaging to people outside the field. This session aims to give participants the skills needed to present their research to non-specialists. Areas to be covered include:
- Know your audience
- Jargon-busting
- Writing skills
- Presentation skills
- The importance of narrative, colour and anecdote
Sessions will be trainer-led but will also be lively and interactive, with group discussions and practical exercises. Participants should be prepared to talk about their research, opinions and personal experiences. Because sessions will have no more than 20 participants, the hope is that individuals will be able to receive advice and feedback that is specific to their needs.

To attend, edit your CHI registration to by logging in to the registration page (, clicking 'Agenda & Fees' under the Edit column, scrolling down to STICKs and then selecting the checkbox next to the session you wish to attend. Please direct any queries to me.
We hope you will join us,
Siān Lindley

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