The HEIRRI project meets in Vienna

16903186_1124338051024941_2624431755755833969_oThe European project HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation), coordinated by Gema Revuelta, director of the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society (SCS-UPF), from the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS-UPF), meets on 22 and 23 of June in Vienna. The meeting is hosted by the HEIRRI partner Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).

This meeting will be a key moment to discuss important issues for the HEIRRI project, such as the Internationalisation Call for Scholarships, the teaching materials following the training programmes, and the coming pilots. Other issues that will be discussed are the Exploitation potential of the project or the partnership with museums, together with the communication actions of HEIRRI and the boosting of the Forum Online. Read More

Call for Entries: 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

The Kavli Foundation is accepting entries in the 2017 competition for the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. The deadline is Aug. 1, 2017. Entries must have been published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year, July 16, 2016 to July 15, 2017. Entries from journalists worldwide in all categories are accepted. Nearly 40 percent of our winners in 2015 and 2016 were international entries.

There are two awards in each category: a Gold award ($5,000) and a Silver award ($3,500). The categories are large newspaper, small newspaper, magazine, television spot news/feature, television in-depth feature, audio (radio or podcast), online and children’s science news.  Read More

Wanted: Citizen bloggers with eco-innovation focus

uw-logo-new-6UrbanWINS, a 3-year long EU-funded project, is looking for talented and curious writers for blogging on eco-innovative activities for waste prevention and management in eight European cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell. We want everyone living in the cities to be able to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories told in the local language.

Interested? Find out more here and apply until 11 May 2017. Read More

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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2017 SCRIPT Award: 100 words for $1000


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

Job offer: Editor of Research Europe (London)

lMpsL6-e_400x400Research Europe, Europe’s leading independent magazine covering the politics and funding of academic research, is looking for an editor. This is a full-time position, however flexible working arrangements will be considered. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 April 2017.

Based at the London head office in Shoreditch, the editor will be taking charge at a pivotal moment in the continent’s history. It will plan and oversee our coverage of European elections, the next Framework funding programme, and the build-up to – and impact of – Brexit. Salary range. £40K – £50K  Read More

Fellowships for the 8th edition of the International School of Science Journalism

sicily_generalThe Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture Erice (Sicily), Italy, are organizing the 8th edition of the International School of Science Journalism. The theme of the course is “Unveiling the Universe: when Science hits the News” and  will be held from July 1st to 6th, 2017. The deadline for applications for the fellowships for the 2017 edition of the school has been extended to April 10th, 2017.

Theme: We are living in exciting times for the study of the universe: thanks to recent breakthroughs as the first direct detection of gravitational waves, scientists are attaining a deeper understanding on its birth, evolution and probable fate, while achieving a better knowledge of our galactic home through the search of extraterrestrial planets and the ongoing quest for life beyond Earth. However, these outstanding but complex discoveries can pose a tough communication challenge to communication professionals and scientists alike, who must look together for the most appropriate and engaging way to respond to the rising public interest. Read More

Gema Revuelta talks about the commitment of the UPF with the Public Engagement

Today Gema Revuelta, Dirbanner-1024x419ector of Studies, Center for Science, Communication and Society, Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF), talks about “Powerful Public Engagement – making an impact at UPF” at the Discover the W100 in Spain conference hosted by the University of Navarra, Pamplona.  This conference aims to explore issues of reputation from a country specific perspective and engage new members. It also deals with topics such as communicating Spanish research, impactful public engagement, representing Spanish excellence in Europe and brand amplification through location.

Gema Revuelta will speak on behalf of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It is a pioneering university in Europe in the promotion of public engagement and the rapprochement between society and the university community. The three campuses of the university are not only integrated urbanistically in the physiognomy of Barcelona but are authentic nodes with a constant established exchange between the university community and the citizenship through public engagement activities and the University networks. Read More