In science the sex of the test subject is a common trait that is very often used in analyzing and interpreting the results. From a science outreach perspective, sex differences found in scientific studies are extra appealing, due to ease of understanding and intriguing (click-bait) nature of reporting this kind of results. Suboptimal communication of results showing existence or, alternatively, lack of sex differences may lead to various misinterpretations. We need a better understanding of conscious and unconscious sex-related biases in order to effectively, but also sensitively communicate sex-biased results to the public.
For this 1-day event we will bring together academic and journalism communities and discuss possible strategies for reducing biases and miscommunications.
Schedule of the workshop:
9:00-9:30 Opening words. Tuul Sepp and Kristina Noreikiene 9:30-12:30 Evolutionary biology, science outreach, and gender issues
Talks by scientists in the field of evolutionary biology, physics, and psychology
Peeter Hõrak, Indrikis Krams, Wolfgang Wagner, Els Heinsalu, Rodrigo Flores, Elin Sild 12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 The art of science communication
Talks by scientists in the field of science journalism Barbi Pilvre, Arko Olesk
14:30-16:00 How to communicate with click-bait hungry journalists? How to communicate with crazy scientists? Discussion over coffee and snacks
16:00-16:30 Science outreach gone wrong: is no news better than bad news? Panel discussion with all the presenters
16.30 Final remarks and closing of the event
Free food and coffee through the day!
Participation is limited! Registration is now open.
Event is supported by Equal Opportunities Initiative from European Society for
Evolutionary Biology (https://eseb.org), European Union’s Horizon 2020 program
under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 746669, Estonian Young
Academy of Sciences (ENTA), Novaator, and Zoology Department of the University of Tartu.