Workshops are very useful tools for sharing in all stages of the field project, for assessing the status of a project and for informing the interested parties about the outcomes. Workshops with poster displays are a powerful means of communication.

The following ideas are for setting up a workshop that will allow different groups, from different locations in NSW (e.g. in different schools or different community groups) to come together to share their results and ideas.

  1. Appoint a workshop convenor
  2. Set an agenda (see example below)
  3. Arrange a suitable facility (maybe a room in the council chambers or a local hall); check on amenities; arrange refreshments
  4. Send out pre-workshop materials, including a copy of the agenda and notes from each participating groups, suggest a preferred format for the talks
  5. Arrange the use of audio-visual equipment
  6. Arrange to display posters in a suitable part of the facility

The Agenda

  1. Introduction by the convenor, description of the scope of the workshop, indication of materials available to take away, indication of the publications to arise from the workshop, if any.

  2. Summary of the the main objectives of the collaborative study

  3. Talk by Group1 (convenor keeps speaker to agreed time limit, it is important no one goes over their allotted time)

  4. Talk by Group 2 (ditto).......etc.

  5. Tea break at suitable time - time for people to look at poster displays

  6. More talks

  7. Lunch break, with time to look at poster displays

  8. Afternoon session broken into small groups discussing various sections of the work

  9. Summaries of workshops given by a volunteer from each small group

  10. Final summing up by the convenor

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