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!
Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente participated in the kick-off of the CONCISE project in Valencia on December 13 and 14.
The Science, Communication and Society Studies Center (SCS-UPF) leads one of the main tasks of the project. In particular, it will be responsible for developing the theoretical framework, an evaluation of teaching in scientific communication in Europe, the guidelines for developing a public consultation for research purposes. On March 22, the pilot of the first public consultation will take place in Barcelona.
CONCISE: Communication role on perception and beliefs of EU Citizens about Science
The CONCISE Project wants to generate a debate at a European level on scientific communication involving many actors, from the media and policy makers, through the scientific community and industry, and even civil society organizations. CONCISE aims to contribute with qualitative data of citizen consultations on the channels through which European society is informed about science, and how this information influences their opinions, beliefs and perceptions. Four specific topics will be explored: vaccines, alternative and complementary uses of medicine, genetically modified organisms and climate change. The consultations will be carried out in 5 countries (Portugal, Italy, Slovakia, Poland and Spain), and in each country 100 people will be consulted taking into account the representation of different social groups, genders, ages, educational levels, ethnic groups, diversities functional and professional careers. The results of the CONCISE project will be scalable and its methodology applicable to other European countries to improve the quality and quantity of scientific communication in Europe.
Gema Revuelta participated in a session of scientific debates of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona (ASPB), called Vaccine Reticence: the role of pediatric teams. The session took place December 11, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Auditorium of the ASPB (Pl Lesseps 1).
The talk Communication on vaccines and social networks: the escalation of the disinforming groups was led by Gema Revuelta, director of the Center of Studies of Science, Communication and Society, Pompeu Fabra University.
The other talks of the day were Vaccine reluctance in the pediatric teams of Barcelona, by Mireia Garcia Carrasco, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, and Reticent Families: the experience in the consultation, by Manel Enrubia, Director of the Integral Pediatric Pediatric Center Barcelona Esquerra.
These sessions are aimed at sharing innovation and knowledge about public health with other professionals and citizens. The format of the sessions consists of moderation (5 minutes) and three presentations of 20 minutes.
The session in which Gema Revuelta participated focused on ‘Vaccine reluctance’, a term that has been consolidated to denote doubts or/and resignation to vaccinate for non-medical reasons.
The session was moderated by Elia Díez, from the Public Health Agency of Barcelona.
Tomorrow, the conference “Connected Health, assistance in diagnosis” will take place at the Palau Macaya at 6:00 p.m. The session will be moderated by Gema Revuelta.
In the debate, it will be addressed how the doctor-patient relationship will change with the introduction of diagnostic tools with artificial intelligence. Who will be the last responsible before the decision making? In addition, the need to store medical data and the use of these in order to protect the privacy of patients must be explored. The theme of inclusiveness and of minority or less developed countries will also be explored: will technology advance in diseases that only take place in countries without so many resources? It will reflect on how personalized medicine, which will lead us to smart medicine, should stop being elitist.
The conference will be in charge of:
The III RSU-UJI Conference took place on November 29 and 30, 2018, at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón). Carolina Llorente participated in the roundtable “RRI in practice: challenge and opportunities” and later presented the results of the study “What are the keys to create a good practice for citizen participation?“.
Information about the conference: https://www.uji.es/institucional/rsu/jornades-RSU/2018/
Integrity and transparency in the management and use of resources are shaped as growing demands of society and raise the challenge of universities and research centers to publicly respond to their actions in a clear and accessible manner. The III Conference on University Social Responsibility (RSU) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are consolidated as a forum for meeting, reflection and debate on the management of social responsibility in higher education centers. The first day will be addressed in the discussion of the different institutionalization strategies of the RSU, while the second one will focus on the trends and challenges that are posed with a view to favoring more responsible research and innovation. In this way, following the outline of previous editions, the first session will focus on the state of the RSU question, while the second one will be dedicated to the RRI.
The days promoted by the University Jaume I have the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
Last Monday 19th November, Luisa Barbosa from the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre carried out the second edition of the workshop “How to make my research more responsible? Exploring RRI”. This time, an institute of applied research in renewable energy in Berlin, the Reiner Lemoine Institut, hosted the event. This course is part of the training program of the European project GRECO.
Approximately 20 solar energy researchers from different countries as Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Portugal and Sweden attended the session. During four hours, the scientists reflected and debated upon the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and on how to apply it to their investigation. The course materials were adapted from the recently finalized project HEIRRI, approaching issues like inclusion, citizen engagement, sustainability, ethics, gender equality and open science.
The Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different nationalities in order to put Open Science into practice in the context of photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved acceptance and use of innovative products in this field. Based on RRI and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar cell technology lifetime, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture.
If you wish to know more, the project introductory video has just been launched!
GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.