STEM under the microscope: Communicating the big issues

A crisis and issues management seminar for senior communicators who specialise in STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths). Experts will explore the big issues around communicating when faced with controversial, disruptive and complex technologies in sectors such as transport, extractive industries, agriculture and scientific research.

The programme

The one-day conference programme will last from 10am to 3.30pm. The morning sessions include 'Preparing for worst or hoping for best?' – examining how crisis-ready STEM sectors really are, and 'Fighting the Fake' – being believed in a world of alternative facts. A panel discussion held before lunch will give the audience the chance to question the speakers.

Three case studies in the afternoon will examine consumer perceptions about science, transport automation and working with NGOs, with audience-led debate after each.


With speakers including Chris Peters of Sense About Science, Jason Nisse of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, Stephen Lynn from automated transport developer TS Catapult, animal scientist and communicator Dr Jude Capper and Jason Palmer of The Economist, a lively day is guaranteed.

The seminar will be followed by an optional two-hour tour of the impressive Rothamsted Research Institute at Harpenden, which is at the forefront of agriscience research.

Book now for early bird rates (until 31 March): £95 + VAT for CIPR members; £115 + VAT for non-members

Booking from 1 April: £120 + VAT for CIPR members; £140 + VAT for non-members

CIPR members will be able to register 10 CPD (continuous professional development) points for attending. Places are limited to 80. Travelling to the venue: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise

The centre is on the Rothamsted Research campus, Harpenden, which is 30 minutes by rail from London St Pancras or 7 miles north of the M25 junction with the M1.