Yurij Castelfranchi

Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Course: Communication

Yurij graduated in quantum physics at the University of Rome, becoming later a professional science writer and journalist for 15 years. In love with travel, peoples and forests, he moved to Brazil, where he became a scholar in science communication and earned his PhD in sociology of S&T. As a writer, he collaborated with newspapers, radios, TVs, and magazines, and authored 6 books, as well as educational and multimedia products. As a scholar, he worked at SISSA (http://mcs.sissa.it/), teaching science journalism, has been a researcher at Labjor (Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism, Unicamp, Brazil) and a collaborator of OEI (the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Science and Culture). Today, he is associate professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), where he coordinates “InCiTe” (Innovation, Citizenship, and Technoscience Research Group). He is a member of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Science Communication. In 2015, he has been awarded, as one member of the winning team in science communication, the Mercosur Prize for Science and Technology. In 2016, he has been awarded a prize, by the State Foundation of S&T (Fapemig), for his contributions in promoting the advancement of science and public participation.