This proposal involves 3 editors of science communication magazines and one moderator. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present the conceptions, structure, format and public of his/her publication. The moderator will also have 5-10 minutes to comment on the issues. Previously, the participants will be requested to list and evaluate the other initiatives of science communication magazines produced by universities in their countries in order to draw a picture during the session. Following the remarks by the speakers the session will be open to questions and discussion. Science production has risen in Latin America in a faster speed than worldwide. As a result, there has been an expansion on popular science magazines, printed and online, as well as in public interest toward science and technology. The universities are investing on their own magazines or publications online in order to communicate the knowledge they produce. First, universities have started to publish newsletters directed to their community and later an effort to reach society through interesting and attractive ways. With the fast and competitive atmosphere provided by internet the popular science magazines have to find new ways to get to the public as well as contributing for reflection on the issues concerning science as culture. Some interesting initiatives – as the ones here gathered – have dealt with science in a multidisciplinary way, mixing articles written by experts, reports and news written by journalist as well as including poetry, science fiction and the arts in their content. Those publications have assumed science as culture, motivating different views on the same issue, assuming other fields of knowledge as part of the scientific culture as well as considering different actors in its construction: scientists, researchers, intellectuals, journalists, practical and artists. As an alternative to publications exclusively commercial, those magazines have enriched the communication between science and society. Find below 3 magazines with different formats that will present and share their experience: ComCiência montly magazine, from Brazil. http://www.comciencia.br/comciencia It is an open access popular science magazine written by the students and edited by researchers on science communication both from the post-graduation course of Science Communication at the State University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas). Since 1999, this online magazine has worked as a laboratory to think and practice science communication dealing with science in a broad and multidisciplinary way. It has 380,000 page views per month.¿Como ves? monthly magazine, from Mexico. http://www.comoves.unam.mx/ It is produced by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) since December 1998. Its printed edition is the most sold magazine produced by a university in the country and part of its content is open access online. It includes the contributions of science writers, researchers and professors. Revista CPS, from Argentina. Produced by the Universidad Maimónides, Universidad Nacional de Chilecito, y Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara, this recent printed and online magazine has a hybrid profile publishing scientific papers, science communication reports and science fiction short stories.

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New formats for science communication magazines ppublished by universities

Germana Barata   Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Carlos Vogt   Labjor/Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Estrella Burgos   Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México, Mexico

Luciano Guillermo Levin   Centro CTS/Universidad Maimónides, Argentina

This proposal involves 3 editors of science communication magazines and one moderator. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present the conceptions, structure, format and public of his/her publication. The moderator will also have 5-10 minutes to comment on the issues. Previously, the participants will be requested to list and evaluate the other initiatives of science communication magazines produced by universities in their countries in order to draw a picture during the session. Following the remarks by the speakers the session will be open to questions and discussion. Science production has risen in Latin America in a faster speed than worldwide. As a result, there has been an expansion on popular science magazines, printed and online, as well as in public interest toward science and technology. The universities are investing on their own magazines or publications online in order to communicate the knowledge they produce. First, universities have started to publish newsletters directed to their community and later an effort to reach society through interesting and attractive ways. With the fast and competitive atmosphere provided by internet the popular science magazines have to find new ways to get to the public as well as contributing for reflection on the issues concerning science as culture. Some interesting initiatives – as the ones here gathered – have dealt with science in a multidisciplinary way, mixing articles written by experts, reports and news written by journalist as well as including poetry, science fiction and the arts in their content. Those publications have assumed science as culture, motivating different views on the same issue, assuming other fields of knowledge as part of the scientific culture as well as considering different actors in its construction: scientists, researchers, intellectuals, journalists, practical and artists. As an alternative to publications exclusively commercial, those magazines have enriched the communication between science and society. Find below 3 magazines with different formats that will present and share their experience: ComCiência montly magazine, from Brazil. http://www.comciencia.br/comciencia It is an open access popular science magazine written by the students and edited by researchers on science communication both from the post-graduation course of Science Communication at the State University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas). Since 1999, this online magazine has worked as a laboratory to think and practice science communication dealing with science in a broad and multidisciplinary way. It has 380,000 page views per month.¿Como ves? monthly magazine, from Mexico. http://www.comoves.unam.mx/ It is produced by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) since December 1998. Its printed edition is the most sold magazine produced by a university in the country and part of its content is open access online. It includes the contributions of science writers, researchers and professors. Revista CPS, from Argentina. Produced by the Universidad Maimónides, Universidad Nacional de Chilecito, y Fundación de Historia Natural Félix de Azara, this recent printed and online magazine has a hybrid profile publishing scientific papers, science communication reports and science fiction short stories.

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