Is the society capable of making decisions in science and technology?

Is the society capable of making decisions in science and technology?

– No.

That was the majority response among the 15 researchers who attended the third version of the workshop “How to make my research more responsible? Exploring the RRI ” that was carried out in Solar Laboratory of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

For those attending the course, responsibility in science does not imply giving decision-making capacity to the non-expert public because “lack of knowledge”. Instead, they believe that the concept is much more related to the integrity of the research and to follow professional ethics.

 

With these first reflections, the participants embarked on an exploration of the RRI through participatory exercises and role-playing games, adapted from the material produced by the HEIRRI project. Thus, the importance of reflecting on the future impacts of research and technological development and asking for the opinion of society-without this determining decision-making-arose. In addition, the participants emphasized scientific education as the central axis to change this situation.

 

The workshop, given by Luisa Barbosa of the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), is part of the training program of the European project GRECO, in which UPF participates together with institutions from five European countries and a Latin American country.

 

GRECO seeks to put Open Science into practice through a solar energy research project and wants to demonstrate that greater social support leads to an increase in the use and integration of innovative products in this field. Thus, based on the principles of RRI and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase the useful life of the technology, reduce its costs with higher performance and bring innovations in agriculture and architecture. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union (Grant 787289).

 

  

Making research gender sensitive

Making research gender sensitive

On May 16 Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente taught the course “Making research gender sensitive“. 13 people registered for the course and all attendees were doctoral students in Biomedicine or Information Technology and Communications of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

The course was specially designed to address gender research, this means sampling, sex and gender analysis of the data and the approach of the research itself (objectives, research questions …). At the beginning of the course there was also a brief description of Human Resources in research (visibility, career progression…).

The course, organized by CLIK-UPF, was offered within the framework of the training program for PhD students.

Introductory course to the RRI in Naples

Introductory course to the RRI in Naples

On May 9 Carolina Llorente taught an introductory course to the RRI in Naples. The course was taught on the first day of the 7th International Symposium on Sensor Science and lasted 1 hour and a half. A total of 20 people participated: 10 engineers and 10 doctors.

 

The participants were engaged in biomedical research using sensors. These sensors are used to tele-monitor people with certain diseases to possible non-invasive diagnoses. The participants were very interested in the importance of the multidisciplinary teams in research on bioengineering issues and how and what strategies could be used to incorporate the visions, needs and expectations of the patients.

 

One participant of the course shared a very interesting reflection: “We engineers are trained to solve problems, we have a very practical and very decisive vision of things, which is why I think it can be very useful to have meetings with doctors and patients from the beginning to take into account all physical limitations or whatever nature, it may be even more stimulating for us to have a general and complete view of the problem.

Open call: STRENGTHEN CITIZENSHIP, PROMOTE SOLAR ENERGY

Open call: STRENGTHEN CITIZENSHIP, PROMOTE SOLAR ENERGY

The GRECO project promotes cooperation between citizens and scientists. Therefore, with this call, we invite all citizens to take advantage of their creativity and collective intelligence to give ideas on how to include citizens in solar energy research.

Are you interested in solar energy? Do you have novel and exciting ideas about how scientists can improve research and make it more inclusive? Then participate in our international competition!

For five days, your challenge will be to work with a team to analyze the comments of 50 scientists on how citizen-centered research could be. Afterwards, they should elaborate a practical proposal of two pages in which they describe their ideas.

Participants will receive the complete list of comments, indications and evaluation criteria of the proposals at the opening ceremony of the contest on May 17, 2019.

Pay attention to the calendar:

 

Do not miss the opportunity to participate and win up to 1,700 euros.

Registration closes on May 15!

The detailed information and the regulatory bases of the contest are available on the Web.

 

Additional Information:

GRECO seeks to put Open Science into practice through a solar energy research project. GRECO wants to demonstrate that greater social support leads to an increase in the use and integration of innovative products in this field. Thus, based on the principles of RRI and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase the useful life of the technology, reduce its costs with higher performance and bring innovations in agriculture and architecture. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union (Grant 787289).

 

  

Blog your research!

Blog your research!

On Wednesday, March 20th, it was held the workshop “Blog your research“, aimed at PhD students of the UPF Biomedicine Program who carry out their research in the centers of the PRBB. The workshop, organized jointly by the DCEXS, the Science, Communication and Society Studies Center (SCS-UPF) and the PRBB, had as its main objective to provide the doctoral students with tools to explain their research to a non-expert audience.

 

In the first place Carolina Llorente and Luisa Barbosa, researchers at the SCS, offered a theoretical presentation in which they gave some advice to write posts on scientific topics in an informative format. They highlighted the importance of sharing their research with the general public and adapting the language to the readers. Some of the advice they gave focused on avoiding technical terms, using elements such as metaphors and choosing the right images. They also reviewed the organization of the text through the inverted pyramid structure.

 

After that, in the practical part, the participants began to write dissemination articles about their research. They addressed issues such as public health, neurobiology, bioinformatics or nanomedicine. In this part, they also had the support of Maruxa Martínez, from the communication department of the PRBB. In the coming days, attendees will finish completing their articles. You will be able to see the resulting articles published soon in El·lipse  and the blog Biomedia Channel!

 

 

 

 

The 6th edition of the online Master’s Degree in Scientific Communication begins next January 30

The 6th edition of the online Master’s Degree in Scientific Communication begins next January 30

The 6th edition of the online version of the Master’s Degree in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication starts on January 30, at the Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona School of Management (UPF-BSM). The Master’s Degree is directed by Gema Revuelta, who also heads the Center for Studies of Communication, Science and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF).

 The registration is still open, so that all those interested in training to generate, manage and transmit scientific knowledge, and wish to do so remotely, are still in time to enroll. The program has a specific budget to give partial grants for the enrollment of those students who request it.

 This master’s degree is aimed at university graduates who want to become professionals of the scientific communication, a field with notable applications and professional outings.

 

Throughout the course, the tools necessary to analyze the sources of scientific information, understand the ways of transmitting this knowledge and learn the relationships between the expert world, technology industries and society are made available to the students.

During the workshops and sessions, special attention is given to the impact that scientific discoveries have on people as well as the ethical problems associated with this whole knowledge management process. On the other hand, specialized knowledge in specific fields such as medical communication, environmental communication, museology or institutional communication, are also being worked on in specialized workshops, one of the main labor outputs of the present day.

 

If you want to learn to communicate science, this is your master!