The ‘Reach & Turn’ series highlights the dual importance of facts and stories — i.e. research narratives — in policymaking and media reporting. In so doing, it aims to build capacity and networks between scientists and journalists.
UNU-MERIT has so far delivered five workshops for around 250 researchers and reporters across Latin America, West Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, with partners including 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 are trying to inform and persuade — the core of communications — as shown in our institutional trailer. To this end, our workshops have featured 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 experts Prof. Ivan Galindo, Prof. Luc Soete, and Shuan Sadre Ghazi (TBC).