Talk by Sam Scriven, Head of Heritage and Conservation at the Jurassic Coast Trust at the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group (DGAG).

Effective engagement is a cornerstone of environmental conservation but the geological stories that can be derived from the Jurassic Coast are seemingly endless in number. Making sense of such a vast and varied repository is a significant challenge – we can’t include everything and we certainly can’t satisfy all audiences.

The Jurassic Coast Trust publication ‘Fossils of the Jurassic Coast‘ and the interpretation framework for the World Heritage Site ‘The Jurassic Coast Story Book‘ offer two examples of how the process of communicating science is inherently editorial. Both documents are designed to link the profound scientific value of the Dorset and East Devon Coast to the wider cultural identity of the area, making it relevant to residents and visitors alike.

This talk will discuss the editorial process when attempting to draw out that connection, explore the ethical dimensions of the decisions we might make and identify what sort of global trends may influence our approach in the future.

Seasonal refreshments (mulled wine and mince pies) should be available!

Cost: £5 on the door.