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!

The Royal Society looks for volunteers at the Summer Science Exhibition 2016

The Royal Society looks for volunteers at the Summer Science Exhibition 2016

SSE2016The Royal Society is looking for reliable and highly motivated volunteers to work on the 2016 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, which will run from 5 July – 10 July 2016.

The annual event showcases an exciting cutting-edge science and technology research from across the UK and provides an opportunity for members of the public to talk with scientists and ask them questions about their work. Alongside the exhibition, there will be a programme of events like science Cafés, panel discussions, show and tells and interactive activities.
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Call for proposals for the Campus Gutenberg programme

Call for proposals for the Campus Gutenberg programme

logo2-cg2015On September 14th and 15th will take place the 5th edition of the Campus Gutenberg of Science Communication and Culture, and once more the call for proposals for its programme is open to suggestions. We encourage you to participate and think about exciting ideas, because the programme is open to professionals willing to take part and also to everyone interested in science communication and dissemination.

The idea is to offer a wide range of participative activities – workshops, debates, round tables, open-air events – following the guides of previous editions but also including new activities, which will be informed in due time.
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Universitat Pompeu Fabra creates the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre (SCS-UPF)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra creates the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre (SCS-UPF)

twiter_OCCS-02_20150409122758The Governing Council of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, assembled yesterday afternoon, has approved the creation of the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre (SCS-UPF). This Centre is born with the double mission of fomenting scientific culture from citizenship but also of promoting a more active role of society during the whole R+D+i process. In order to achieve its objectives, the Centre will undertake actions of science communication and public participation, studies focused on the relationship science-society and formative activities on science communication. The SCS-UPF is part of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS-UPF) and is located inside the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB).
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