The ‘Reach & Turn’ series highlights the dual importance of storytelling and evidence — i.e. research narratives — in policymaking and media reporting. In so doing, it aims to build capacity and networks between scientists and journalists, especially in emerging economies.
UNU-MERIT has so far delivered five workshops for around 250 researchers and reporters across Latin America, the Middle East, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Partners include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), plus sister institutes in Germany (UNU-EHS), Ghana (UNU-INRA), and Malaysia (UNU-IIGH).
Why ‘Reach & Turn’? Because we aim to inform, persuade and even change mindsets — as shown in our institutional trailer. Our workshops have therefore included a BBC presenter on effective science communication, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist on data storytelling, and a Dutch ambassador on ‘Twiplomacy’ and social media.
For our next event we’ll join UNESCO at the Latin America and Caribbean Open Science Forum (CILAC) in Panama, October 2018. Our workshop will serve as a prelude to the conference, which will feature over 200 panelists from more than 20 countries, including UNU researchers Dr. Ivan Galindo and Shuan Sadre Ghazi.
Tres días muy productivos en #Panamá🇵🇦. Gran taller de comunicación de la ciencia ¡Gracias por todo colegas! / And that’s a wrap of #ReachAndTurn, an awesome #SciComm workshop organized by @UNUMERIT & @senacyt. Thanks for the invitation & the incredible exchanges! pic.twitter.com/VzeNCCPhKu
— Dante Licona (@Dante_Licona) October 19, 2018