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About the workshops

The VoYS Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about science. During the workshops we discuss concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works.  

Group task workshop combined


 The workshops consist of three sessions:

  • Science and the media: drawing on the experiences of our panel of scientists, the participants discuss their fears and the barriers to communicating science to the public, including what happens when research announcements go wrong, statistics are manipulated, risk factors are distorted, or the discussions become polarised.
  • What journalists are looking for: a panel of journalists discuss how they approach stories, balancing the need for news and entertainment with reporting science, and the portrayal of science including polarising debates and misrepresenting the facts.
  • Standing up for science – the nuts and bolts: the audience considers what is there for early career researchers to play for? Not yet the leaders in the field what can they do to encourage good science and evidence in the public domain? From submitting to peer reviewed journals to blogging about science in the media.

The VoYS workshops are partnered by universities, professional and learned societies and other research organisations. Participants often write articles about the workshops for partner magazines and newsletters. 

Audience and group workshop combined

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  • Top tip 1: Ask for Evidence. If you’re being sold a product or asked to believe a claim then you deserve to know whether it’s based on evidence – or imagination.

  • Top tip 2: Detox. It’s a marketing myth – our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.

  • Top tip 3: Superfood. There is no such thing, just foods that are high in some nutrients.

  • Top tip 4: Cleansing. You shouldn’t be trying to cleanse anything other than your skin or hair.

  • Top tip 5: If it sounds too good to be true… it probably is.

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