Third School 2018
7 May 2018 – 12 May 2018, Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Over the past decades communication and outreach has become a fundamental concern of state-of-the-art research communities.
The relationship between science and society has begun to change radically and communication has become a necessity.
Important decisions involving scientists’ research are no longer made by the scientific community but by politicians, private companies and by the media.
Moreover the decisions often involve the general public whose opinion influences the politicians and the media behavior.
For these and other reasons it is important to improve the dissemination of research and to convey the value of a scientific way of thinking even to those who have nothing to do with science.
Furthermore it is important to improve how scientists share results with the scientific community, in order to enhance the quality of the research and to facilitate collaborations. : it is necessary to learn how to make posters effective, how to communicate aims and methodologies in scientific papers and proposals, how to get projects funded.
Traditional scientific training, typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia.
Attending the school students will learn how to effectively convey important research results to a public of both experts and laypeople.
Students will learn how to write an abstract, how to structure effectively a poster about their research, how to write a paper.
Also students will receive coaching from experienced researchers on proposal and report drafting, and on how to improve communication to policymakers, general public and school students.
Being involved in science communication activities will allow the students to gain communication technical skills that will be useful in their wider lives and will remind the students that science is an heritage that needs to be shared as a part of our culture.
The school is divided into 2 modules, the first 4 days will be dedicated to the science communication in general so it will be open to researchers of all fields, the last 2 days will be focused on Geoscience communication with specific laboratories with experts explaining how to give the best ideas about Earth sciences to different types of audiences.
The school has the aim of offering overview and training of scientific communication skills in all its forms.
The school will treat communication not only with an “educative aim” but also with a “scientific aim”.
The lecturers will therefore not only present an overview of science communication from a theoretical point of view, but also will offer practical activities on abstract/paper writing and poster editing, on proposal and report drafting, and on how to improve communication to policymakers, general public and schools.
All the lectures will be accompanied by laboratories and students will experience concrete activities: for example each student will present a poster at the beginning of the school and posters will be corrected and improved at the end applying what learned during the school; at the end of the school students will try to provide accurate but concise information about their science to the general public recording a short movie (famelab-like) which will be published into our website to get feedbacks.
Early-Bird registration deadline step 1: 30 June 2017
Early-Bird registration deadline step 2: 31 October 2017
– Full board registration fee is 670€ including (***) hotel accommodation, meals, excursion, social events, coffee breaks and teaching material.
Registration deadline: 28 February 2018
Rita Nogherotto, PhD
The Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
UNESCO, Strada Costiera, 11, 34151, Trieste, Italy
phone: +39 040 2240 309
Riccardo Biondi, PhD
Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC-CNR),
via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133, Roma, Italy
Sarah Davies, Assistant professor
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
- Dr. Hans Peter Peters, Department of Political and Social Sciences / Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Berlin (Germany)
- Dr. Carlos Fiolhais, Center for Computational Physics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
- Dr. Germana Galoforo, Italian Space Agency, Rome (Italy)
- Dr. Laura Roberts Artal, European Geosciences Union (Germany)
- Dr. Sarah Davies, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Dr. Chiara Saviane, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Trieste (Italy)
- Dr. Visda Goudarzi, Kunstuniversität Graz, Human-computer Interaction, Graz (Austria)
- Dr. Riccardo Biondi, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC-CNR), Rome (Italy)
- Dr. Gemma Musacchio, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Milan (Italy)
- Dr. Giovanna Cultrera, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Rome (Italy)
- Dr. Raffael Himmelsbach, Aarhus University (Denmark)
- Dr. Agostino Goretti, Dipartimento di Protezione Civile (DPC), Rome (Italy)