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

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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