The twenty-fifth edition of the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication begins

The twenty-fifth edition of the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication begins

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.

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!

Doctors for a day: The CSC in “Festa de la Ciència”

Doctors for a day: The CSC in “Festa de la Ciència”

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.


Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 already has a preliminary program and open registrations!

Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 already has a preliminary program and open registrations!

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…)



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).



Citizens & researchers: a good team

Citizens & researchers: a good team

GRECO Project would like citizens to be in the driver’s seat of solar energy research. To do so, we are collecting ideas! This information will help the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra to collectively develop an initiative in citizen science applied to photovoltaic research.

Citizen science refers to the inclusion of society in the decision-making, design, implementation, analysis and exploitation of research or innovation. It is therefore an active process in which science is co-created with citizens.

The ideas we have gathered until now constitute a valuable tool of collective intelligence. With it, GRECO would like to demonstrate the added value on including civil society in science and technology. Until now, the information approaches how citizens can participate in research activities related to solar energy and what does this type of research give in return to society.

But, how do we actually co-create science? Some suggestions include serious games, devices, mobile apps, experimentation and do-it-yourself activities.

There is no such thing as too many answers! You’re still on time. Participate here and help us with this process.




More information: The Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different countries in order to put Open Science into practice in photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved use and acceptance of innovative products in photovoltaics. Based on the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar panels useful life, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture. GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.