The  School  in  Science  Communication  at  SISSA  is  now  a  five  years  old  experience  that  can  provide  useful data  about  the  Italian  situation  in  the  field.  Our  hybrid  audience  (graduate  students  both  in  scientific  and human  areas)  has  been  challenging  from  the  point  of  view  of  choosing  goals,  planning  teaching  techniques, developing theoretical approaches.  Our pedagogical activity is articulated in three major fields: 
a)  theory and practice of communication; 
b)  science courses and science communication laboratories; 
c)  thematic scientific workshops

The courses are articulated in two years, the first one being more pedagogical, the second one focusing also on theoretical  research  and  analysis  in  science  communication.  We  will  describe  present  results  and  future  goals of our experience:
a)  its  impact  in  science  journalism  in  Italy  is  quite  remarkable:  former  students  of  the  School  begin  to  be  a noteworthy fraction of Italian professionals in science communication, and are found practically in almost every area (journalism, science museums, science teaching, new media, etc.)
b)  the growing need of research and theoretical activities in science communication.

At present, they include a  science  communication  observatory,  an  on-line  science  magazine,  an  annual  workshop  in  science communication, a project for an international journal of science communication studies, etc. These are our next challenges.

 

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The SISSA school in science communication facing novel challenges

Stefano Fantoni   School in Science Communication,SISSA – Trieste – Italy.

The  School  in  Science  Communication  at  SISSA  is  now  a  five  years  old  experience  that  can  provide  useful data  about  the  Italian  situation  in  the  field.  Our  hybrid  audience  (graduate  students  both  in  scientific  and human  areas)  has  been  challenging  from  the  point  of  view  of  choosing  goals,  planning  teaching  techniques, developing theoretical approaches.  Our pedagogical activity is articulated in three major fields: 
a)  theory and practice of communication; 
b)  science courses and science communication laboratories; 
c)  thematic scientific workshops

The courses are articulated in two years, the first one being more pedagogical, the second one focusing also on theoretical  research  and  analysis  in  science  communication.  We  will  describe  present  results  and  future  goals of our experience:
a)  its  impact  in  science  journalism  in  Italy  is  quite  remarkable:  former  students  of  the  School  begin  to  be  a noteworthy fraction of Italian professionals in science communication, and are found practically in almost every area (journalism, science museums, science teaching, new media, etc.)
b)  the growing need of research and theoretical activities in science communication.

At present, they include a  science  communication  observatory,  an  on-line  science  magazine,  an  annual  workshop  in  science communication, a project for an international journal of science communication studies, etc. These are our next challenges.

 

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