Programme Overview

Science Communication in the Post-COVID19 Era

Registration for the 2021 edition is closed.

Has ever been a more critical moment to effectively engage lay audiences with science and technology? This course is meant to bring awareness and perspectives towards the shifting paradigms related to the global events that we are living in. We want to provide an exhausting overview of the pillars that we believe ought be the foundation of a correct and meaningful science communication. Join us for a course given by some of the maximum experts in the field of science communication!

MODULE 1 – Build an online community to foster science education
• Alice Hazelton - World Economic Forum. Science and Society Program Lead.
• Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez - European Schoolnet. Science Programme Manager / Head of the Science Education Department.
• Curating dialogues for impact
• Fact-based decisions
• Democratising science-education

MODULE 2 – Navigating fake news and alternative facts
• Prof. Massimo Polidoro - C.I.C.A.P. (Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences), Co-founder and General Secretary, Author, Lecturer, Social media and TV broadcaster.
• Dr. Roberta Villa - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Subject matter expert, Social media and general media broadcaster.
• Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky - University of Bristol. Chair in Cognitive Psychology. Expert in the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread.
• Investigating pseudoscience
• Psychology and Fake news
• Social media and Public discussion

MODULE 3 – Risk communication and community engagement
• Dr. Margaret Harris - World Health Organization. Public Health Doctor, WHO/OMS spokesperson
• Prof. Iain Stewart - University of Plymouth, Royal Scientific Society in Jordan UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, Professor, Mainstream television broadcaster.
• Risk management communication
• Crisis communication
• Public engagement

MODULE 4 – Science communication writing
• Prof. Laura Bowater - University of East Anglia. Chair in Microbiology Education and Engagement and Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement.
• Prof. Carl Zimmer - New York Times and Yale University. Scientific Journalist, Book writer, Blogger, Speaker and Media broadcaster.
• Prof. Deborah Blum - Knight Science Journalism Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program and Founder and Editor-in-chief of the Undark Online Magazine. Scientific journalist and Book writer.
• Writing for a lay-audience
• Science news coverage
• Editorial independency

Early Bird 28 Feb 2022 :

Tuition fees: CHF 600


Final Deadline 30 Apr 2022 :

Tuition fees: CHF 800


Special price for UNIGE students:

Tuition fees: CHF CHF 250


*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees

Course directors:

Prof. Christoph Renner
Vice-Dean, Professor, Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Faculty of Science, UNIGE

Massimo Caine
Chargée d’information, Editor-in-chief, TheScienceBreaker, Faculty of Science, UNIGE