Communicating current research to various audiences

Training course to improve scientists' personal skills to communicate the value and the results of current research

28 November - 2 December 2016, Adriatico Guesthouse, ICTP (Trieste) 



Introduction to the course

Researchers are nowadays asked to dedicate part of their time to science communication: to create support for scientific endeavours, to recruit young people into scientific careers, and to communicate research results to policy makers. Science communication skills are also needed to participate in public discussion of science and technology developments, particularly in the case of controversial issues such as biotechnology and medical applications or risk management (e.g. in seismology or medicine). This course will offer participants a panorama of science communication challenges and best practices in formats such as public talks, radio interviews, policy briefs and news writing.
Participants will be challenged in translating their own research results into short, clear narrations for various purposes.

The course will last 5 days and include theoretical presentations, practical workshops and the presentation of international best practices. Course leaders and facilitators are professionals with international experience in science communication and in training. Peer-to-peer learning will also be facilitated since it is expected that attendees will come from different parts of the world and have varied profiles.

Scientists wishing to develop their skills in communicating current research to various audiences using different media.

Course overview

Day 1 - Course introduction
Why communicate science and technology?
Science in society
Motivation, interests, fears and expectations in the public
Identifying audiences and stakeholders
Armchair tour of the world

Day 2 - Relevance, interest and motivation
Basics on science news
From the scientific abstract to published news report
Publics in Action

Day 3 - Science direct: how to talk effectively to various audiences
What are you working on?
A case study
Examples of activities

Day 4 - When the dialogue is complex, when the dialogue is difficult
Challenges of communicating science to policy makers
From public engagement to scientific citizenship
Discussion games

Day 5 - Communication strategies
The Science Gallery of the Trinity College, Dublin
Selling fog: communicating about science where science is (not) important
1-1 problem solving
Course evaluation


Andrea Bandelli, CEO, Science Gallery International, Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
Yurij Castelfranchi, Professor of Sociology, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Simona Cerrato, Science for children and outreach activities, SISSA Medialab, Trieste (Italy)
Bojan Markičević, Science Communication Consultant, Zagreb (Croatia)
Olga Puccioni, Science for children and outreach activities of the SISSA Children University, Trieste (Italy)
Paola Rodari, Project Manager, SISSA Medialab, Trieste (Italy)

Paola Rodari, JCOM Masterclasses Coordinator 
Gordon Rankmore, JCOM Masterclasses Programme Advisor