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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
DISCOVER AND COMMUNICATE SCIENCE: Enhanced Education on how to communicate Science with the public
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A GRUNDTVIG GRANT (ADULT EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 143719-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-KA3-KA3MP
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Media & communication
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
ADULT EDUCATION
Adult education provider
Higher education institution offering outreach courses for adults
Other sectors of adult education
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
Other, namely: Science Communicators , Science Journalists
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Science View
3 Makri str
117 42 -
Athens
Greece
www.scienceview.gr
 
George Neofotistos
+30 6945978775
+30 2810 394301
neofotistos@physics.uoc.gr
Menelaos Sotiriou
+30 210 9231955
+30 210 9231956
info@scienceview.gr
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
A web site (including a common web space where participants will be able to upload materials) will be developed providing the participants with all necessary course information as: course description, programme, educational material and relevant sites prior to the start of the course, guidelines for traveling. The organisers will provide the participants with recent reports from European surveys on the field of science journalism and science communication (also best practices about how Journalists could communicate science). Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarize themselves with both the training course topic (by accessing the website address the slides of the lectures that will be delivered during the training course) and with the course methodology (by getting access to the course structure and tools). The participants will be also asked to prepare a series of scenarios that are introducing communication techniques in science and that making use of several resources (Universities, science centres and museums, scientific Journals, Science Magazines). These scenarios will be discussed in detail during the course
One of the most important barriers in order to communicate science is the lack of specialized experts. Hence the training will target to present the framework to the participating journalist concerning the way that they should present scientific issues to the wide public and more specific to young people. The main issues that this seminar will include are the following: a) Communicate Science and Technology to the wider public and mainly to young people (primary and secondary school students and teachers, young researcher etc.). The CERN case, how to present and communicate the research activities and create a debate on the different existing opinions, b) Climate change, how to communicate the major issues to the wider public. What should be the role of Journalists and how they should accomplish it, c) Using the new media in order to inform the wider public. Social Media and new forms of communication should be involved in the everyday life of Journalists. How to create the best structure web site concerning scientific and technological issues. The specific objectives of the proposed training are: a) Provide the ability of Journalists and Science Communicators to structure information and to make it available to the wider public in an attractive, understandable and convincing manner, taking into account the framework surrounding research and innovation. b) Provide writing and editing training to Journalists and Science Communicators in order to enable them to produce adequate texts for Science Articles in magazines that are targeting the wider public, c) Provide behavioral courses in which journalists will learn how to prepare for, and participate effectively in, a range of different types of media interviews, d) Provide a dialogue between science and journalists and create a common language. The dialogue will be realized through the training tools and hand-on training, e) Create a core team of science journalists that could act as change agents through out Europe
The course will include presentations and practical sessions (interviews, hand on activities) on WWW (use of a web portal to prepare information and present it), Strategies for searching information online, Introduction on how to use video for their stories, Introduction to content repositories, Introduction to preparing, uploading and sharing content resources, Introduction on how they should transfer information from the research paper or result to an understandable information even for young people, Social metadata and Web 2.0 tools (folksonomies & social tagging), presentation of popular social tools (e.g. Flikr) and scenarios for their use in journalism, Hands-on session working on resources related to science (use of COSMOS [www.cosmos-project.eu], xlpora). The training course lasts 12 hours of lectures and demonstrations, and 12 hour of hands-on workshops. The lectures and the demonstrations of the training course will be held in an auditorium equipped with a data projector and a laptop, whereas, the workshops will be held in a multimedia laboratory where each participant will have direct access to a PC and will carry out planned exercises. During the workshops the journalist will use several application and will learn also to work in teams. Specific scenarios will be created (during the preparation phase) and specific roles will be distributed to participants. Serious Games will be used in order to involve the participants in a more realistic environment and present real situations that will have to cope with. One day will be hosted at the Natural History Museum of Crete where participants will be introduced on how to communicate scientific issues to young people (and students) via specific exhibition that are running by the Museum. Also the Journalists will be informed about the influence of climate change to the history of the nature in Greece
During the weeks following the training course the participants will have the opportunity through conducting specially designed mini-projects to further apply what they have learnt by producing articles and generally resources following the case studies of the school as well as taking the themes from the visit in the Natural History Museum of Crete.
All the articles will be uploaded to the specific place that will be created even from the preparation stage of the training. This will give the opportunity to create a community of journalists that could exchange ideas about the articles and start using this community in order to follow up the techniques that will learn during the training programme.
The training team will provide to the participants all the necessary guidelines and support to implement the proposed approaches in their day-to-day life as journalists
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
1st DAY: Introduction and overview of the Course from Menelaos Sotiriou. Presentation of the participants. Keynote Talks by representative of the European Union of Science Journalists Association (EUSJA) and representative of the European Journalism Center (EJC).
2nd DAY: Communicate Science and Technology to the wider public. What it needs in order to present objectively a specific issue [Lecture/Case studies 2 hours]. How the cooperation with between teachers, educators and technologists should be, and what is the role of the Journalists [Workshop, 3 hours].
3rd DAY: Climate change, how to communicate the major issues to the wider public. What should be the role of Journalists and how they should accomplish it (means of communication that should be used [Lecture/Demonstration, 5 hours], 18.00 Visit to the Skinakas Observatory
4th DAY: Visit to the Natural History Museum of Crete [Demonstration, 3 hours], On the site interviews and development of issues to be published [Hand on exercises, 2 hours], Presentation of the articles [Demonstration, 2 hours]
5th DAY: Using the new media in order to inform the wider public. How to involve Social Media and new forms of communication in the everyday life of Journalists. Use the CERN activities as the main case. [Workshop, 4 hours]
6th DAY: Workshop on how to create the best structure web site concerning scientific and technological issues [Workshop, 3 hours], Closing - Conclusions - Presentation of Participants work.
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
 
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
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