Aina Crosas, from the CCS-UPF, assisted to the 10th Edition of the International School of Science Journalism. The theme of the 2019 edition of the school was “Big Projects for Science and Knowledge“.
The course focused on some outstanding international efforts – such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the Einstein Telescope, the Quantum Computing Flagship Initiative and the Future Circular Collider (FCC) – that will be at the heart of the scientific challenges of the next years and decades and motivate the work of journalists and scientific communicators for a long time.
As scientific knowledge increases and the boundaries of science move forward, setting increasingly ambitious and complex goals, the development of big science projects – involving hundreds or thousands of scientists from different countries and institutions and the construction of huge facilities – is becoming more and more essential for the achievement of those goals.
Close collaboration between scientists and science communicators is therefore more relevant than ever to ensure that information on those issues is accurate, thorough and as broad as possible.
The School was held from April 6th to 11th, 2019, in Erice (Sicily), Italy. The event is organised by the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture.
For more information, you can visit their website: http://eissjc.lnf.infn.it/
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!
Exporecerca Jove is an international research fair organized by the Association for the Promotion of Young Research (MAGMA). Since 2000, junior high school and high school students from all over the world can present their research projects for three days. This year’s edition is held from February 28 to March 2. Luisa Barbosa and Aina Crosas, of the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (SCS-UPF), participate as jury.
Participants present their work in stands customized by themselves, where they have the opportunity to explain their research to the visiting public. Research projects of all areas are accepted. During the three days, the work is evaluated by a group of experts in various branches of knowledge that are unrelated to MAGMA. At the end of the fair, prizes are awarded according to the jury’s assessments.
Although the majority of participants are Catalan, students of other autonomous communities and other countries of the world also participate, which makes the “Exporecerca Jove” a very enriching opportunity.
The fair is held in Farga de l’Hospitalet, next to the fair of science and technology organized by the Mobile World Congress, Yomo. To visit “Exporecerca Jove” you need to get an entry.
More information: http://magmarecerca.org/exporecerca/
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.