This October the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication (MCC) celebrates a quarter of a century. The twenty-fifth promotion of students of the master’s degree has already begun the first classes of the course.
It has been 25 years since Vladimir de Semir, creator of the Science and Technology supplement of La Vanguardia and one of the main drivers of international scientific communication networks, founded what would be the first master in scientific communication in Spain. He, the former director of the master, is still a professor and the coordinator of the Dissemination and Scientific Journalism course. The current director of the master is Gema Revuelta, one of the professionals with more experience in teaching and advising in scientific and medical communication, in Spanish, European and international environment. She is also the director of the Center of Studies in Communication, Science and Society (CSC-UPF), a center that works to bring science closer to society, and among one of the actions to fulfill this mission offers as training the MCC.
La promoción 25 del MCC empieza las clases con mucha ilusión.
A master that professionalizes in the art of scientific communication mainly to scientists and journalists. Training in this area is emerging as an object of study and research to improve communication in universities and research centers, in scientific journalism, in science museums and in outreach centers. It is a field with notable applications and career opportunities. For 24 years the MCC has been preparing its students to generate, manage and transmit scientific knowledge, ideas and professional opportunities that derive from the use and associated technological development. Throughout the program the main sources of scientific information and the forms of transmission are analyzed, such as the relationships between the expert world, the technological industries and society, how the discoveries impact on people and the ethical problems associated with all this knowledge management process.
A differential feature from other similar master’s degrees is that all academic professors are active professionals, they provide first-hand the necessary tools and knowledge to practice their profession. In this way, students know a wide range of professional opportunities and the basic notions to exercise them. Some of the professionals and professors of the MCC are Maria Josep Picó, an expert in environmental communication; Núria Jar, a freelance journalist specialized in science and health and a radio collaborator at Rac1; Bienvenido León, Professor of Audiovisual Scientific Dissemination of the University of Navarra; Pedro García, a museography expert and general director of EXPOGRAFIC, SA, and Cristina Aced, an independent communication consultant specialized in the digital field. On Twitter we begin to see the activity of some of the teachers who have started the classes of this promotion:
A master’s degree that offers the possibility of doing internships in institutions such as the National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, the National Oncology Research Center, the CSIC-UPF Institute of Evolutionary Biology, the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB), the agency SINC (FECYT), the Synchrotron ALBA, the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), the Foundation Center for Genomic Regulation, the Foundation “la Caixa”, “La Marató” of TV3, the Quèquicom (TV3) and El cazador de cerebros (TV2) programs, Exploratorium, as well as media and various museums.
Another feature of the master to highlight is the realization of a transversal project throughout the course, which is carried out individually, in order to apply the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques that are acquired in the program by developing a written product. The individual project of the master’s degree (PIM) is valued very positively by the students, since they dedicate time to work in those initiatives that most concern and motivate them and that they want to carry out. To make the development of the project easier for the students, the master’s degree offers the necessary resources whenever possible, in addition to having the tutoring of MCC teachers and several sessions in which peers and professors make a feedback on the project to get the most out of it.
As every year, we can see the career path of this 25th edition of the master in networks, following the MCC25 hashtag on Twitter!
On Saturday, October 26, the Center for Science, Communication and Society Studies participates in the 13th “Festa de la Ciència” in Barcelona, with an activity for children that seeks to familiarize them with the scientific method applied to medical diagnosis and also to make women visible in health professions.
In this activity, called “Doctors for a day”, participants will meet Carla, a patient with various symptoms and they must discover what happened to her using the scientific method. In addition, they will be able to take home a photography of their collaboration as doctors as a souvenir!
The “Festa de la Ciència” is the largest outreach meeting in the city, organized every year by the City Council. Through almost 200 activities distributed in 26 spaces, the protagonists of the research and their areas of influence in Barcelona meet to share knowledge and fun during a weekend. Although the activity of the CCS is aimed at children, there will be plenty of offers for the all the publics! Therefore, you are all invited!
Place: Moll de la fusta
Date: Saturday, October 26th.
Time: 11:15 and 12:00
Place: Espai 7. Viure més, viure millor.
Access to the program here.
The preliminary program and the registration form for the Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 of Scientific Communication and Culture are now available. This year we celebrate the ninth edition with a creative and innovative program, made up of more than 50 activities. We have the participation of top professionals who will share their knowledge and experiences with us in workshops, work spaces, debates, round tables, micro-cocktails, shows, etc. (more…)
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/
April 8th 2019. DTIC-UPF, Barcelona
In the context of the Working Group on Open Science within the network of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMA), led by BCAM and DTIC-UPF.
REGISTER using this form.
13:00h – 14:00h. Auditorium.
Protocol for research data management at DTIC-UPF and the application to the Freesound platform. Malcolm Bain (idLaw partners). Auditorium.
Malcolm will present one of the actions carried out within the María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF research projects to help ensure compliance by these projects with GDPR, presenting a general practical protocol for research projects processing personal data, with the objective for managing data within these projects to ensure not just legal compliance but also use and re-use within legally established limits. Illustrated by work with the Freesound platform. Malcolm will also lead a debate on whether and how datasets incorporating personal data may be used within Open Science oriented projects, if at all.
14:00h – 15:00h. Auditorium Hall
15:00h – 17:00h. Auditorium.
Incentives and recognition to Open Science in Spain (session in Spanish / English)
Brief introduction of participants and selected OS activities in SOMMa. Aurelio Ruiz (DTIC-UPF) (document)
How should (if it should) Open Science be incentivised when assessing research organisations in programs such as the centers and units of excellence Severo Ochoa and María Maeztu?
- Open Science in Spain. Pilar Rico Castro. Head of the Unit Open Access Unit, Repositories and Journals. Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)
- Case 1. Contributing to EU policy.The case of the EU Open Science Policy Platform, and EU-Life reaction to Plan S principles. Michela Bertero (CRG)
- Case 2. Distributing internal resources using Open Science criteria– The María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF program. Xavier Serra (DTIC-UPF)
17:15h – 18:00h. Auditorium.
Meeting of the SOMMa Working Group on Open Science. Next steps.
10:00h – 14:30h. Room 55.410.
“Open Science and the funding management process”.
Workshop run by the ORION H2020 project. Check the program. Introductory workshop for participants with little or no knowledge of all the dimensions of Open Science.
15:30h – 17:30h. Room 55.309.
Tutorial – Wikimedia Public (Research) Resources (details)
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Location: Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies, Univ. Pompeu Fabra. Roc Boronat 138, 08018, Barcelona (how to get)
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/