A memorable appointment for 8 young journalists from South-East Europe with the most influential figures in science communication
UNESCO Venice Office will support the participation of science journalists and science communicators from South-East Europe to the 12th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST2012) on “Quality, Honesty and Beauty in science and technology communication” (18-20 April 2012 - Florence, Italy).
The UNESCO travel grants have been awarded by the Venice Office with the purpose of reinforcing capacity and international contacts among young scientific journalists from South-East European (SEE) countries; promoting the networking of science communicators within South-East Europe and sharing best practices; and, improving the quality of communication in science and technology in the region. The 8 grant recipients are science journalists/communicators representing the following countries: Taulant Hatia (Albania), Maria Cheneva (Bulgaria), Mićo Tatalović (Croatia), Julianna Photopoulos (Greece), Milena Milunović (Montenegro), Ljubica Urošević (Serbia), Tatjana Stojceska (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), and Baris Altintas (Turkey). A booklet of biographies is available for download from the right menu.
PSCT2012 is certainly meeting the high standards to be a memorable event. The selection of speakers and papers was rigorous. The issue of ethics in science communication for an honest information of people and policy-makers will be a central issue of the conference. This event will also underline how citizens can keep up with the continuous scientific advances and how to make more knowledgeable decisions since these advances affect their daily lives. These issues are fundamental for an effective science communication. The grant recipients will meet the most influential figures in science communication and will be given the occasion to talk to high-level professionals, to discuss better ways and to suggest new research problems.
The grant recipients will also be involved in the special working sessions organized by the Office, one of the partners of the event. The two sessions scheduled on Thursday 19 April 2012 will open a debate on: “Science Communication in the South-East European Region: Overview of the Current Situation” and “Quality and Accountability of Science Communication – UNESCO’s Perspectives/Strategies for South East European Region”. It is expected that the sessions will shed light on the current state-of-the-arts on science communication within the SEE region and possibly lead to the creation of a network of science journalists of the region. This is also an occasion for sharing and exchanging information and identifying promising practices as well as an opportunity for science communicators to brain storm together on common needs to improve the divulgation of science in South-East Europe.
The grant recipients will be asked to intervene by reporting briefly about the current science and the popularization of science in their respective countries. Recipients of the grant will be also directly involved in the network of science journalists to be established in the SEE region.
Link : http://www.pcst2012.org/