Sissa, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, 24 November 2010
Organized by the Ics Group (Innovations in the Communication of Science) at the International School for Advanced Studies, Sissa, in Trieste, the international “Science Journalism and Power in the 21st Century” workshop aims to provide the practical and conceptual guidelines to support the needs of science journalism in the next few years.
Science journalism is no longer a specialist niche area of information, but a place where power and transformations intercept and come into being, driven by the knowledge society of the 21st Century.
New entities have come on the scene, all looking for powers to be redistributed: the powers of the general public, companies, scientists and institutions. Technological evolution or the change in the support models for professional journalism are not enough to explain this transformation which is profoundly cultural, economic and political.
Some top names in the world of information and research who are investigating how media, science and society interact in today’s world are participating at the workshop.
“Science Journalism and Power in the 21st Century” will be held on 24 November 2010 at Sissa in Trieste and will conclude with a proposal for cooperation and research to be undertaken to experiment new forms of scientific journalism.
One of these will be the launch of a call for proposals for a special article on scientific journalism that will be published in Jcom – Journal of Science Communication (http://jcom.sissa.it).
Ics is a think tank on the communication of science set up in 2003 in the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Natural Science and Humanities at Sissa in Trieste.
The main focus of Ics is to debate theory and practice in innovation in the communication of science. Over the years, Ics has proven itself as one of the few Italian groups focused exclusively on research into science communication.
Through its wide circle of members from different cultural and professional backgrounds, Ics has promoted and conducted studies on national and international levels regarding the circulation, dissemination and appropriation of knowledge in the medical, scientific and technological fields.
Ics has drawn on the support of several professionals and researchers from institutions and companies in the field of science communication both on a national and international level to organize the workshop.
In particular, it has received support from the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The various contributors to the workshops have pooled together to create a scientific committee to devise the workshop contents.
The workshop targets professionals in communications, students, university
researchers, research centres, companies and institutions operating in the field of science communication.
-Nico Pitrelli, Ics, Sissa;