Day 1 (November 5th) Welcome day
Joana Lobo Antunes
Joana Lobo Antunes coordinates the interface of ITQB NOVA (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier of the NOVA University of Lisbon) with the outside world, through institutional communication, science outreach programs, training scientists in communication and acting as media relations. Also committed in doing research in Science Communication.
Dialogue and reflection about what is the role of Universities in science communication
Knowledge is created at Universities and research institutes, and it is the place where researchers and students of all ages discuss latest science advancements. In the last couple of decades, Universities and research institutes have become acutely aware of the need to better communicate with different parts of society and to open the doors and translate their knowledge to the untrained eyes and ears. Open days, science fairs, science talks, connection with museums and science centers have been some of the strategies adopted. Nevertheless, there seems to be difficulties to reach large audiences. Why is that and what can we, as researchers, contribute to the change we want to see in the world? And also, what is the role of Science Communicators in that endeavor?
Joana Lobo AntunesNOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2 (November 6th)
Aitor Eguinoa studied Sciences of Communication at the University of País Vasco (UPV-EHU). He has worked in the infographics department in many media channels, such as El Correo (Bilbao), La Nación (Argentina) and El País (Madrid). Since 2005 he is founder partner of Estudio 90 grados, which is an enterprise specialized in bringing graphic communication closer to areas not related to traditional media. Throughout these years he has received several international awards including one gold medal and two silver medals in the Malofiej Awards of infography. Since 2012 he teaches online infography in the Faculty of Communication of the University of Navarra.
Infographics: a tool to visualize your knowledge
What are infographics? What are them for? How can they help us in research and dissemination?
The infography is a tool based on the way our brain understands and processes data, which can help us to organize and hierarchize our ideas and to communicate our research projects and conclusions in a simple, attractive, easy to understand and to memorize way.
Before using this tool we must know the rules it is based on and which graphic codes should we use to respond graphically to the most common questions (What, Who, Where, When, How much, How and Why).
Different types of graphic visualizations will be presented, as well as examples and possible applications to scientific topics. We will first analyze the different steps to shape a specific content graphically. Besides that, we will see how to select the most relevant data and ideas, how to arrange those ideas in a paper and how to give them a graphic hierarchy.
We will also comment on some free online tools that we can use to create our visualizations (Tableau, Inkscape, Carto DB…).
Aitor EguinoaUniversity of Navarra, Spain
Day 3 (November 7th)
What’s up Science?
António Granado is assistant professor of Journalism at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he coordinates the master’s programs in Science Communication and in Journalism. From 1989 to 2010, he worked as a science journalist for Público, one of Portugal’s main daily quality newspapers, where he also was science editor, sub-editor-in-chief, managing editor and online editor. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as the online editor for RTP, the Portuguese public broadcaster. He holds a MSc on Science Journalism from Boston University, in the US, and PhD on Communication Sciences from the University of Leeds, in the UK.
What’s up Science?
The relationship between scientists and journalists has been improving in the last few years, mainly because both professional groups are starting to recognize and respect their different cultures. To understand how journalists work and what their expectations are when contacting sources is crucial to improve the connection of these different worlds and, ultimately, serve the people who want to know more about what happens in laboratories all over the world. In this short talk, I will be speaking about the differences between scientists and journalists and how science communication can be enhanced. From a newsroom perspective, I will also talk about the constraints science journalists face on a daily basis and how science institutions can help to bring better science to the general public.
António GranadoNOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
Day 4 (November 8th)
Malcolm Love worked for the BBC as a programme maker (and occasional presenter) in London, Cardiff and Bristol where he became a senior producer for features and documentaries. He now works in three areas: as an independent producer; he teaches science communication at the University of West of England in Bristol; and he coaches people and groups to communicate on radio, TV and to speak in public. Malcolm is the British Council’s lead trainer for the science communication competition ‘Famelab International’ which, each year runs masterclasses in communications in 33 countries and organisations around the world. Malcolm also presents ‘Love and Science’ a weekly radio show about science in the news and behind the news. He began 3 years ago to teach himself ‘live DJ style presenting’ and says he has nearly figured it out!
Science and the Art of Film
The democratization of filmmaking has been one of the most exciting and liberating developments in media of the last two decades. Now most people have the technical means (or knows someone who has the technical means), not only to make a film, but to broadcast it via the internet. This revolution has opened up so many more possibilities for science communicators. Now, almost anyone can make a film – but not everyone can make a compelling film, or a memorable film or one that makes an impact on viewers. Why is that? Because, after we have taken care of the technology, what we are left with is pure film making: choosing (or rather recognizing) a subject, framing shots, directing presenters, conducting interviews, recording clear sound, selecting and editing shots, creating a story, deciding how to transition between one shot and another. This session explores these core filmmaking skills and applies them particularly to telling the stories of science. We reveal some of the hidden artfulness of successful filmmaking and look at the often simple ideas that make a large difference.
Malcolm LoveFamelab International, United Kingdom
Nuno Barbosa is an Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro. He has a Degree in Communication Design by the University of Aveiro and a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Communication – Digital Audiovisuals, also by the University of Aveiro. He is also a producer / director and won some international awards: RØDE International Film Competition, Creative Macau – Sound and Image, Magnolius Music Video Competition.
Lights, camera, action!… and post-production
In this workshop, we will produce a short presentation video of the participants, using a lighting setup, a camera and video editing software. Some basic animation technics will also be introduced.
Before the workshop, the installation of a video editing software in the laptop computers of the participants (such as, Movie Maker, iMovie) is required. For those who would prefer to install an advanced editing software before the workshop, It’s recommended “Da Vinci Resolve”, which has a free version:
Or “Adobe Premiere”, which has a 7 days trial version:
Nuno BarbosaUniversity of Aveiro, Portugal
Day 5 (November 9th)
Alexandre Gamela is a digital media producer with a Master Degree in Online Journalism, by the Birmingham City University. He has been a columnist in several online and traditional periodicals, such as PCGuia and Revista Gerador, and also as an Instructor at the University of Porto and FLAG, the latter in Digital Marketing. Currently he is a Digital Media Producer and Researcher in Science Communication. He has experience as a Content Producer in Plantas Invasoras in Portugal (http://invasoras.pt/en/) and in the Botanic Garden of the University of Coimbra.
How to get the best out of social media to communicate science
Social media have become the internet. Users share, comment, engage with content spread across multiple platforms, from Facebook to Twitter, in different formats, from gifs to videos. Researchers can be an authoritative voice amidst the chaos of misinformation and excessive information and directly interact with their audience.But how to use the best platforms to share our knowledge, and how to create narratives that are both compelling and effective? And how to use social media in our content production strategy? Identifying potential audiences, creating calls to action, analyzing engagement and using each social network characteristics are some of the steps needed for researchers to reach both wider and specific groups, either peers, communities involved in our projects or people in general.Social media for researchers is not about going viral, but rather to raise awareness, reach society in well known and widespread environments, and to get closer to other researchers and institutions working in our field of expertise.
Alexandre GamelaBotanic Garden of the University of Coimbra, Portugal