We have now appointed three members to start work on the NanoDiode Project. Their positions were advertised, CV’s collected and all applications sent to our projects committee –Jan-Oliver Loefken; Jesper Odde Madsen and Menelaos Sotiriou- for selection. It was surprising that applications were received only from Greece, Spain and Germany. A new call for a further three positions will be advertised imminently and hopefully there will be applications from more member countries.
EUSJA’s role in the NanoDiode project is to strengthen the role of science journalists. Our successful candidates will be involved in setting up science debates, running training sessions and workshops and involving all members to examine and explore potential stories connected with nanotechnologies.
This is a three-year project and as stated earlier, further EUSJA members are needed to fulfill vital roles. Within NanoDiode’s activities there will be an Investigative Science Journalism Award where two journalists will be funded to investigate a specific topic. Further details will be announced as the project moves forward.
Our first three successful candidates are:
-1- For the Organisation and realization of workshops and science debates (Code of the position: SJ01)
Hanns-J. Neubert (Germany)
He is working as science journalist since 34 years for German, British and US magazines and online media. For 7 years during the 1990s he was employed as a press officer at the German Federal Research Ministry. He has strong experiences in organising workshops, sessions and science debates as he has already successful attempts to support science debates. He organised sessions and workshops on other topics during nearly all ESOFs and some WCSJs. His academic background is in chemistry, physics and biology.
-2- For the Organisation and realization of trainings for science journalists (Code of the position: SJ02)
Elias Aggelopoulos (Greece)
He graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School Of Mass Media and Communication in 1996 and since then, as a journalist, he has been working in several newspapers, magazines and websites. As a science and technology editor he worked at Elefterotypia, Makedonia and Thessaloniki newspapers, e-one.gr and go-online.gr portals, Netizen magazine (in which he was editor in chief) and Popular Science Magazine. He also worked in several newspapers as managing copy editor (Ellinikos Vorras, Makedonia and Thessaloniki newspaper, Simera sti Thessaloniki, Topikos Orizontas, Reporters at West and Epanomi News)and in magazines (Hellexpo Today and Epiloges). In addition he has long experience as a lecturer of Journalism at private and national educational institutions (IEK AKMI, IEK XYNIS and IEK Epanomis). Since October 2012 he is the editor in chief of the E&T Magazine of the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology and since February 2013 he is science editor at youris.com.
-3- For the support to the above-mentioned activities, organization of the investigative science journalism award and motivation and engagement activities in order science journalists be involved in projects dialogue activities (Code of the position: SJ03)
Teguayco Pinto Cejas (Spain)
He has a PhD in Neutrino Physics by the University of Valencia (Spain) and a Masters Degree in Science Communication by the University Carlos III (Spain). He also has training and experience in social media management. At the moment he is working as communication officer in the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and as the social media manager and the main editor of the webpage. He also writes press releases and articles for the Spanish Physics Magazine and he worked as a journalist in Público, the national newspaper with the biggest science section in Spain.