29-30 May 2017
European Southern Observatory
Europe/Berlin timezone

Programme & Keynotes

Programme (pdf of the programme)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Ana Noronha:

20 years of public engagement with science

Executive Director, Ciência Viva, Portugal



Ana Adi:
Science Communication and Success Measurement: frameworks, guidelines and some tips

Professor of PR/Corporate Communications, Head of Department of Corporate Communications, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin



Brian Trench:

Science communication research - what's the big idea?

Former Senior Lecturer and Head of School at Dublin City University; President, PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) network.

Co-editor, with M. Bucchi, of: Critical Concepts in Sociology: Public Communication of Science (4-volume anthology, 2016) and of Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (2008 and 2014).

Michel Claessens:

Is there a future for science communication?

Communications Manager and Policy Officer, ITER, European Commission
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Monday 29th May, 2017:

  • Morning
    • Guided tour of ESO Supernova: The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is an astronomy centre for the public located at the ESO site, currently under construction. Two tours are offered to a maximum of 20 participants each at 10:30AM and 11:15AM. "Sensible" shoes are advised (i.e. no stiletto heels or open-toed shoes). Read more.

    • Guided tour of ESO: Two tours offered for 30 participants each on Monday 11AM and 11:30AM. They will last 30-45 minutes. ESO

    • Guided tour of FRM II: A guided tour of the FRM II neutron source is offered to a maximum number of 24 participants at 10AM. It will last ~2 hours. Meeting point: Reception desk of FRM II, Lichtenbergstraße 1, Garching. Identity card for Europeans respectively passport for Non-Europeans required. FRM II

    • Speed networking: On the first day, at around 13:30, just before the workshop starts, participants who wish to do so will have the opportunity to get to know each other better through speed networking.

  • Afternoon (~ 14:00 to 18:00h ): Conference

  • Evening: Social Dinner


Tuesday 30th May:

  • 9:00 to 18:00h: Conference


Wednesday 31st May:


  • Communicating the importance of science to society

  • Experiences from communications officers (topical, parallel sessions).

    For a detailed schedule of the different sessions please click here.