Job offer: CERN is looking for a Science Writer

CERN-Logo.svgAre you a skilled Science Writer? Does the idea of producing and distributing information for the largest particle physics research lab in the world attract you? CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is looking for a Science Writer in the International Relations (IR) Sector, Education, Communication & Outreach (ECO) Group. This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach CERN no later than 17.05.2017.


  • Writing and editing content for a range of communication products including the CERN website, press releases, videos, animations, exhibition content, the CERN Courier magazine and the CERN Annual Report.
  • Liaising with the CERN community and the particle-physics community around the world to gather material.
  • Advising international contributors on the scientific accuracy, use of language and readability of content.

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International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation

promo-01-boscolo-romaThe International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017 (RRI-SIS2017) will be held in Rome, Italy during September 25-26, 2017.

This is the first annual conference of the MARINA project that aims at presenting the cases studies highlighting environmental preservation, RRI issues, principles and topics related with the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy with the objective to promote a vision for a stronger collaboration among social, natural and physical scientists, societal actors and citizens in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and improve the role of society in environmental preservation. With this focus the conference will cover and systematise these themes and will help fill the gap in the present literature. Read More

EUSEA Anual Conference 2017

euseaRegistrations are now open for the European Science Events Association (Eusea) annual conference 29-30 May at KU Leuven in Belgium.
The conference motto is “Beyond HORIZONs – Framing the Future” with a focus on future of public engagment strategies. There promises to be a glimpse of funding policies beyond Horizon 2020 with stakeholders from the European Commission as well as discussions about science-society dialogues and innovative science communication formats.

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$37,500 to support the formation and development of collaborative science communication

life-1426255_960_720With support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences is pleased to offer two awards of $37,500 each to support the formation and development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate the efforts of science communication researchers and practitioners to plan collaborative projects that pursue shared research interests aligned with the recently released consensus report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. Those receiving awards will present details about their collaborations at a special session of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III to be held on November 16-17, 2017.  Additional support for the Colloquium is provided by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

To apply for these awards, researchers and practitioners who have agreed to work in partnership should submit a proposal by June 1, 2017. Visit the colloquium website for more details.  Colloquium registration will open on May 8, 2017.  Sign up to receive an announcement and link for online registration. Read More

2017 SCRIPT Award: 100 words for $1000


The SCRIPT Award, launched in 2008, celebrates excellence in writing by science graduates. The challenge of the SCRIPT Award is to write a “mini epic” and the winning prize is $1000 (Canadian dollars). The SCRIPT Award 2017 is open to any writers who have, or are enrolled in, a postgraduate science degree or science-related postgraduate diploma or healthcare qualification as of May 1, 2017.
The mini-epic must be in English, can be on any topic (nonscientific topics are encouraged) and must be exactly 100 words in length, excluding the title. To confirm academic and/or healthcare qualifications of Entrants, SCRIPT may contact the awarding institution, medical association or similar. The final decision on eligibility will rest with SCRIPT, with no right of appeal. Full-time employees of SCRIPT or members of the immediate family of, or someone domiciled with, an employee of SCRIPT are not eligible to enter. Members of the Judging Panel, their immediate families, their immediate colleagues, their graduate students or someone domiciled with a member of the Judging Panel are not eligible to enter.

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New issue of JCOM with special focus on Public Intellectuals

JCOMThe first issue of The Journal of Science Communication (JCOM) for 2017 is now online and all articles are available open access. The new issue includes original research papers on how to engage and retain volunteers in citizen science projects, the potential of science cafés, a study on online videos on climate change produced for the internet and television, and a case study of deliberative democracy tools to address socio-scientific issues at school.

A set of five commentaries, coordinated by Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University, focuses on the public role of academics. With contributions from various authors, the comments reflect on how and why academics can become “public intellectuals”, engage in public discourse, and how can science communicators contribute to this process. Read More

Job offer: Editor of Research Europe (London)

lMpsL6-e_400x400Research Europe, Europe’s leading independent magazine covering the politics and funding of academic research, is looking for an editor. This is a full-time position, however flexible working arrangements will be considered. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 April 2017.

Based at the London head office in Shoreditch, the editor will be taking charge at a pivotal moment in the continent’s history. It will plan and oversee our coverage of European elections, the next Framework funding programme, and the build-up to – and impact of – Brexit. Salary range. £40K – £50K  Read More

Fellowships for the 8th edition of the International School of Science Journalism

sicily_generalThe Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture Erice (Sicily), Italy, are organizing the 8th edition of the International School of Science Journalism. The theme of the course is “Unveiling the Universe: when Science hits the News” and  will be held from July 1st to 6th, 2017. The deadline for applications for the fellowships for the 2017 edition of the school has been extended to April 10th, 2017.

Theme: We are living in exciting times for the study of the universe: thanks to recent breakthroughs as the first direct detection of gravitational waves, scientists are attaining a deeper understanding on its birth, evolution and probable fate, while achieving a better knowledge of our galactic home through the search of extraterrestrial planets and the ongoing quest for life beyond Earth. However, these outstanding but complex discoveries can pose a tough communication challenge to communication professionals and scientists alike, who must look together for the most appropriate and engaging way to respond to the rising public interest. Read More

Gema Revuelta talks about the commitment of the UPF with the Public Engagement

Today Gema Revuelta, Dirbanner-1024x419ector of Studies, Center for Science, Communication and Society, Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF), talks about “Powerful Public Engagement – making an impact at UPF” at the Discover the W100 in Spain conference hosted by the University of Navarra, Pamplona.  This conference aims to explore issues of reputation from a country specific perspective and engage new members. It also deals with topics such as communicating Spanish research, impactful public engagement, representing Spanish excellence in Europe and brand amplification through location.

Gema Revuelta will speak on behalf of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It is a pioneering university in Europe in the promotion of public engagement and the rapprochement between society and the university community. The three campuses of the university are not only integrated urbanistically in the physiognomy of Barcelona but are authentic nodes with a constant established exchange between the university community and the citizenship through public engagement activities and the University networks. Read More

PCST 2018 Call for Proposals is published

unnamedNetwork for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PSCT) has published the Call for Proposals for its April 2018 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. The full text of the Call is posted at the network web site,

The overall conference theme is Science, Stories and Society – the Soul of Science Communication, and the Call for Proposals presents this in a series of sub-themes. Proposals should address at least one of these.

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