"Science for All Talks" in Turkey

Type

Call for interest / consultancy opportunity on big data and health talk in Istanbul

Key dates

Application deadline: Friday 3 April 2015

Date of talk: Tuesday 28 April 2015

About

Scientific research and innovation underpins economic prosperity, The most successful scientific collaborations are often international ones. In order to further these collaborations between UK and Turkey, 2015 has been designated the "UK–Turkey Year of Science and Innovation."

In addition to supporting a range of mobility and partnership opportunities for the academic community, we are planning a series of outreach events designed to engage the wider public in scientific debates. We aim to raise public awareness and curiosity about science and innovation with the aim of inspiring the next generation school students to choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects for their university education.

The talks will take place in six different cities across Turkey, focusing on different popular science subjects from April 2015 to February 2016:

  • Big Data and Health (Istanbul) – April 2015
  • IP & Entrepreneurship (Ankara) – May 2015
  • Water Desalination/Water Sustainability (Antalya) – June 2015
  • Chemistry and Health (Izmir) – September 2015
  • Biotechnology (Adana) – December 2015
  • Green Tech/Energy Efficiency (Bursa) – February 2016

We are looking for an expert from the UK with extensive experience of public engagement activities to address the first talk in ‘big data health’. An honorarium of £500 will be paid and all travel expenses will be covered by the British Council. The talks may be recorded for subsequent television broadcast.  

Aims:

  • To promote discussion and debate of scientific issues relevant to daily life among the public
  • To raise awareness of the dynamism of science in an interesting and engaging way
  • To inspire the next generation of students to pursue studies and careers in STEM subjects
  • To celebrate the UK-Turkey Year of Science and Innovation by encouraging participation beyond the academic community

Big Data and Health, Istanbul, April 2015

(Big data and personal data, privacy, cybersecurity and health)

Big data is an evolving term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data that has the potential to be mined for information. Big data may be as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become because more data may lead to more accurate analyses.  

Healthcare organisations are leveraging big data technology to capture all of the information about a patient to get a more complete view for insight into care coordination and outcomes-based reimbursement models, population health management, and patient engagement and outreach. 

The British Council Science Talk on Big Data and Health will aim to shed light on the importance of big data on healthcare and the quality of people’s lives with a specific focus on the UK and Turkish experience. 

We are looking for an expert from the UK with extensive experience of public engagement activities to address the first talk in ‘big data health’. An honorarium of £500 will be paid and all travel expenses will be covered by the British Council. The talks may be recorded for subsequent television broadcast. 

Suggested discussion topics:

  • What does big data mean for our daily lives?
  • How can big data be used to monitor health of a society? i.e. personal tweets adding up to valuable results on health issues. Which changes does it bring to the provision of health services?
  • What are the implications for personal data security in health?
  • What are the existing challenges and how can they be overcome with the efficient use of big data? Experiences from the UK and Turkey
  • What are the good examples?

Format: Informal discussion with a moderator (Café Scientifique format)

Benefits of the programme:

  • Access to wide public audience in Turkey 
  • Expert’s and his/her institution’s name will be mentioned on British Council’s web pages dedicated to the event and on social media tools 
  • Opportunities to showcase UK expertise and knowledge in science and innovation and to share the latest developments with the public audience in Turkey
  • Development of ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across in Turkish market
  • The British Council will take care of all administrative aspects of the talk and make all necessary travel arrangements

Eligibility

The applicant should be able to demonstrate research and work experience in related fields (big data and/or health) for at least five years and preferably hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline.

Importantly they must have extensive experience of communicating with non-specialist audiences and a track record of successful public engagement activities.

How to apply

Please submit an expression of interest of 500 words including any links to video recordings of past public engagement activities with an outline of your proposal and accompanying CV to: Neslihan.Boncuk@britishcouncil.org.tr