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Beautiful guides - The role of professional explainers and young scientists in science and society dialogue

Paola Rodari   Innovations in the Communication of Science (ICS), Science and Society Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

Matteo Merzagora   Innovations in the Communication of Science (ICS), Science and Society Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

Francesca Conti   ZadigRoma, Italy

Federica Manzoli   Innovations in the Communication of Science (ICS), Science and Society Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

DOTIK – European Training for Young Scientists and Museums Explainers is a project funded by the European Union under the Science and Society section of the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

Through a two-years activity, DOTIK develops and tests methodologies for training explainers for a most effective science/society dialogue, with special attention on governance and participatory procedures. The first year (2005) has been dedicated to planning and testing the training scheme, that involved a small group of explainers; the first Experimental School was organized in Trieste, Italy (12-19 September 2005), and deeply evaluated. During the winter 2006 experimental activities have been held in three science centres. From the 28 th of August to the 2 nd of September 2006 the DOTIK - School for 50 explainers from all over Europe will be organized in Trieste (Italy). The results of a qualitative and quantitative research on explainers status, that accompany the training development and testing, are presented.

DOTIK partners are: Innovations in the Communication of Science, SISSA, Trieste, Italy; Immaginario Scientifico Science Centre, Trieste, Italy; Hisa Eksperimetov, Ljubljana, Slovenija; At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom.

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