Communicate 2016, delivered by the Bristol Natural History Consortium – the organisers of Bristol Bright Night, is bringing together experts from across the country to challenge and explore different perspectives on better engaging people with the natural world.

It will be held at Bristol Zoo from the 2 – 3 November and is aimed at environmental communicators. But, with attendees expected from over 80 organisations, including NGOs, local and national government, media, academia and green businesses, this conference has a unique diversity to match its mantra.

“We always strive to bring the most inspiring, instructive and exciting content to Communicate, delivered through engaging and sometimes eccentric sessions”

 

joncraig-co-uk-101_As well as allowing attendees to develop their skills, share best practice and debate the latest issues, Communicate is opening things up further this year with digital workshops that can be booked individually so as to expand the conference to those with more specialist interests or those who cannot attend the whole event.

Abi Rose, a representative from Communicate 2016, tells us: “Using the skills and experience of our expert Communicate Committee and our dynamic staff team we always strive to bring the most inspiring, instructive and exciting content to Communicate, delivered through engaging and sometimes eccentric sessions.

“This all plays out against a relaxed and friendly backdrop, providing the perfect opportunity to network with fellow communicators and create links across the diverse sectors represented.”

Digital toolbox

One of the most exciting digital workshops, ‘The New Wave of Digital’, will be led by BBC’s Laura Throne – a creative, multi-BAFTA winning Digital Producer and Project Manager with the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU). Laura will also be joined by Paul Dean, the NHU’s Digital Development Lead, whose credits include Springwatch, Big Blue Live, Deadly 60, Aardman and the Environment Agency.

“We hope that attendees will take away some real insights into how a high profile digital programme builds top quality content”

 

 

Ejoncraig-co-uk-37_xploring what it takes for content to thrive online, Laura and Paul will look at some principles for developing and sourcing great content for driving messages through digital platforms and will share the most effective formats and structures to make these messages sensationally sharable.

Abi adds: “We hope that attendees will take away some real insights into how a high profile digital programme builds top quality content and the techniques that make it sing online.

“We also hope that attendees will be able to take some of these principles back to their desks on Monday morning to start creating some really excellent outputs.”

In addition to this digital delight, there will be a workshop entitled ‘Seeing is understanding: Data Visualisation’ run by pioneering Gloucester-based communicators Real World Visual on going beyond conventional graphics to make data visible and accessible to all.

You can find out more about all the Communicate 2016 workshops that are available for individual booking via Eventbrite. Alternatively, you can book a ticket to the whole of the Communicate 2016 conference to have the chance to attend all the talks, discussions and workshops on offer.