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Why scientists should help the media make sense of COVID

EUPRIO’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN TRIESTE, WHICH WAS DUE TO OPEN ON 30 AUGUST, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – BUT ITS THEME OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: HOW TO ENGAGE NOWADAYS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE RELEVANT, WRITES NIC MITCHELL   While EUPRIO members will have to wait until August 2021 before meeting again face-to-face for their next annual conference, there are plenty of excellent case…

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Moving the big events to the virtual environment

As universities responded to COVID-19 by moving online, Nic Mitchell looks at key lessons from a webinar on the rapid transformation of big events like open days and graduation ceremonies to the virtual environment and Christine Legrand reports from a French online discussion on communication challenges during and after the corona crisis   Campus doors slammed shut as the coronavirus spread across Europe. First in Italy on 22 February, and then…

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Sharing lessons as we communicate back to the “new normal”

We’ve all had good and bad experiences of continuing to communicate with our students, staff and other stakeholders in the middle of the coronavirus crisis and now is the ideal time to look at lessons learnt since the pandemic shut campuses and forced teaching and virtually everything else online   With the focus shifting to the “new normal” that we can expect at the start of the next academic year,…

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Communicating in a Covid crisis

Universities in Europe and across the world have overcome daunting communication challenges since the COVID-19 virus shuttered campuses and forced teaching online – and they face fresh obstacles in navigating to the ‘new normal’   The way countries and institutions reacted to the coronavirus has demonstrated that honest and timely communications can be vital in reassuring worried citizens that their interests are central to handling the crisis, writes Nic Mitchell.…

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