Science communication is becoming more and more important every day. Citizens are interested in science and particularly in that science affecting them the most (health, environment, technology). So science communicators have adopted a prominent role in the society of knowledge as mediators between scientists and general public.

The objective of this paper is to show the general skills required to be a successful science communicator; shop up the strategies to reach them from a real experience carried out in Barcelona and finally show up the main debates and reflection being considered around science and society to provide students with a critical point of view useful to tackle controversial issues.

This project, sponsored by the Instituto Novartis de Comunicación en Biomedicina, is a 10-year-old experience master degree in Science Communication run in the Continuing Education Institute (IDEC) at the Pompeu Fabra University, which includes specific satellites around it providing students with a specialization on Science on TV, Science Museums or Medical Communication. The Masters has a theoretical part aiming at providing a background on science and society, on ethical issues related to science communication and in short to create a critical opinion. The practical background is made up with different projects: writing and oral communication workshops, radio and TV workshops, a web-based international project, an internship in a company or institution and a final project. It tries to give a comprehensive view of science communication, science in society and the practical skills to develop a career as science communicator.

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I want to be a science communicator
A 10 years training experience in science communication

Silvia Coll   Journalism Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Gemma Revuelta   Journalism Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Vladimir de Semir   Journalism Studies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Science communication is becoming more and more important every day. Citizens are interested in science and particularly in that science affecting them the most (health, environment, technology). So science communicators have adopted a prominent role in the society of knowledge as mediators between scientists and general public.

The objective of this paper is to show the general skills required to be a successful science communicator; shop up the strategies to reach them from a real experience carried out in Barcelona and finally show up the main debates and reflection being considered around science and society to provide students with a critical point of view useful to tackle controversial issues.

This project, sponsored by the Instituto Novartis de Comunicación en Biomedicina, is a 10-year-old experience master degree in Science Communication run in the Continuing Education Institute (IDEC) at the Pompeu Fabra University, which includes specific satellites around it providing students with a specialization on Science on TV, Science Museums or Medical Communication. The Masters has a theoretical part aiming at providing a background on science and society, on ethical issues related to science communication and in short to create a critical opinion. The practical background is made up with different projects: writing and oral communication workshops, radio and TV workshops, a web-based international project, an internship in a company or institution and a final project. It tries to give a comprehensive view of science communication, science in society and the practical skills to develop a career as science communicator.

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