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EVENT: Storytelling in Research Communications

Invitation to a ‘WonkComms Practicals’ webinar on 28 May 2014 ECDPM is pleased to announce the next WonkComms event, a ‘WonkComms Practical’ webinar, being broadcast and livestreamed on 28 May 2014 from 15.00-17.00 (Central European Time) on storytelling for research communications. Karen

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VIDEOS: WonkComms 1 year on – 2 steps forward, 1 step back

Last Friday (2nd May, 2014) we had a birthday party! But before that we had an event, where is all started for us, at the ODI. We looked back and celebrated. But we also looked forward and wondered… what if?

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EVENT: WonkComms 1 year on: 2 steps forward 1 step back?

OK, so, here’s the thing… A year ago, WonkComms was launched at an event in London. The blog, LinkedIn group, rotating Twitter account and Pinterest board soon followed. The aim was to bring people together to think about the future of think tank and research communications, and help

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EVENT: Wonkcomms teams and skill sets: what does the future hold?

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The last three WonkComms events considered the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘where’ of think tank communications. This event turned its attention to ‘who’ – the human resources think tanks can call on for their communications, what skills are needed to progress in the sector and how to develop them.

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WonkComms London Social this Friday!

For those of you attending the WonkComms event this Friday – or anyone in the central London area that is at a loss for something to do this Friday evening – please do come along to our (small, but perfectly

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EVENT: What can science learn from the cutting edge of think tank communication?

A quick notice that WonkComms is on the road again – this time running a session at SpotOn London, an annual conference for anyone interested in how science is carried out and communicated online. Find out more or register to

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Videos and slides: WonkComms in the North

Our fourth WonkComms event, “WonkComms in the North”, took place at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in York on 14 October 2013. Speakers included WonkComms originals Richard Darlington, Head of News at IPPR, Nick Scott, Interim Head of Communications at ODI

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Videos and slides from “Rent a quote? Think tanks, media and strategy”

Our third WonkComms event, “Rent a quote? Think tanks, media and strategy”, took place at the Institute for Government on 5 September 2013. Speakers included John Coventry of, Beatrice Karol Burks of Citizen’s Advice, Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times, and Huw Evans of the Association of British Insurers. The event was chaired by Richard Darlington of the IPPR.

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EVENT: WonkComms in the North: what’s the future of think tank communications?

Mon 14 October, 11:00-13:00 Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Head Office), The Homestead, 40 Water End, York, YO30 6W Not all think tanks are based in London but lots of evidence based organisations are trying to be more like think tanks. In an age

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WonkComms London social – 22 August 2013

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London wonkcommers are invited to a social this Thursday at The Two Chairmen from 6:30pm BST onwards.

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