11-13 February 2015, Trieste. Training school in science communication

Organized by the PICQUE Associated partner Sissa, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy






The training school empowers early-career researchers to communicate effectively with the mass media, policy makers, and various lay publics, while at the same time encouraging researchers to reflexively analyze the place of science in society and adopt an open attitude to public engagement. The teaching forms consists in lectures combined with theoretical and practical exercises.

Wednesday 11 February

Who are you communicating and why?
09:30-10:30 Course introduction and Identification of Trainee’s Profile
10:30-11:00 Lecture: Audience Types Nico Pitrelli
11:00-11:30 Activity: Audiences for Science Communication Nico Pitrelli and Donato Ramani
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:20 Activity: Trainee’s perception of science, society and communication Nico Pitrelli
12:20-12:40 Lecture: Uses and Gratifications of Science Communication Nico Pitrelli
12:40-13:30 Activity: Thinking about audiences Nico Pitrelli and Donato Ramani
13:30-14:30 Lunch


How to write papers that get cited and proposal that get funded
14:30-15:00 Lecture: Storytelling and paper structure Chiara Saviane
15:00-16:30 Activity: Writing an abstract Chiara Saviane and Donato Ramani
16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-17:30 Activity: Abstract evaluation and correction Chiara Saviane
17:30-18:30 Activity: Discussion Chiara Saviane and Donato Ramani

Thursday 12 February

Science writing for media
09:30-9:50 Lecture: When Does Science Become News? Nico Pitrelli
9:50-11:30 Activity: Identifying the news value Donato Ramani
11:30-11.45 Coffee break
11:45-13:00 Lecture: Press release and press office Donato Ramani
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:30 Activity: Writing a press release Donato Ramani
16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-18:00 Activity: Writing a press release: discussion and correction Donato Ramani and Nico Pitrelli

Friday 13 February

How the media cover science
9:30-10:00 Activity: Understanding media roles Donato Ramani
10:00-10:30 Lecture: How the media cover science Nico Pitrelli
10:30-11:00 Activity: Interview preparation Nico Pitrelli and Donato Ramani
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Activity: Giving comments to journalists Nico Pitrelli and Donato Ramani
12:30-13:30 Activity: Giving comments to journalists: correction Nico Pitrelli and Donato Ramani
13:30-14:30 Lunch


Communicationg to policy makers
14:30-15:00 Lecture: How to communicate with policy makers Nico Pitrelli
15:00-15:15 Lecture: The elevator pitch Chiara Saviane
15:15-16:15 Activity: Elevator pitch preparation Chiara Saviane
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Activity: Elevator speech presentations Chiara Saviane and Nico Pitrelli
18:00-18:30 Conclusions and course evaluation


Link to presentations (password-protected page)

Main Learning outcomes:

-to be able to identify potential non-expert audiences for techno-scientific information;
-to recognize the differences in science communication models adopted by various stakeholders;
-to acquire the general skills to present scientific information clearly to different audiences;
-to understand the process by which science is transformed from peer-reviewed paper to the news article;
-to improve oral and writing skills, as applied to scientific information, both for other scientists and for non-expert audiences;

Meeting Venue
Sissa, International School for Advanced Studiesvia Bonomea, 265 – 34136 Trieste ITALY