VIU Global Challenges Initiative
September 12-16, 2022
This Graduate Seminar will be led by:
- Venice International University, Italy
- Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- University of Padua, Italy
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Science communication is a key topic, as it also emerged during the COVID pandemic: it can engage different publics (e.g. citizens and decision makers) in science, sharing knowledge and understanding, and empowering them to face today society challenges related to sustainable development and the SDGs.
However, Science Communication is a challenge itself, due to the existing gap between science and the wider public, as well as between science and communicators. In order to fill these gaps critical topics in science communication, such as science communication in the digitalization era, different media challenges and opportunities, the relation between scientists and professional communicators, quality and effectiveness in science communication need to be analysed.
Alessandra Fornetti, Venice International University (Coordinator)
Ilda Mannino, Venice International University (Coordinator)
Marina Joubert, Stellenbosch University
Federico Neresini, University of Padua
Paolo Giardullo, University of Padua
Bieke Zaman, KU Leuven
Karin Hannes, KU Leuven
Fabiana Zollo, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
- To approach science communication in an interdisciplinary and multi-perspective way
- To expand their methodological skill through exposure to how differing disciplines approach science communication
- To learn to dialogue with scholars from different disciplines
- To gain new insights and perspectives to bring to their own research
- To deal with polarization and fake news in science communication
- To learn how contribute to the achievement of SDGs through science communication
- To gain confidence and skills in science communication research design and execution
Who can apply?
This Graduate Seminar is offered to advanced master students, PhD students and young researchers studying or interested in science communication from different fields, e.g. sociology, neuroscience, education science, media and communication studies, economics, humanities, as well as science and technology researchers who are keen to get involved in science communication research. Open to candidates from all the VIU Member Institutions; applications from excellent candidates from non-member institutions will be also considered and evaluated.
Fees & grant support
Students from the VIU member institutions will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support, partially or fully, the costs of international travel and accommodation.
Excellent candidates from non-member institutions will be also considered and evaluated, although these candidates will pay fees and are not eligible for financial support (further information available in the Brochure). VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.
Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research interests, a curriculum vitae and a photo.
For further information please download the Brochure and the Program (available soon) or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation; should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.