Quality and Honesty at center stage at PCST 2012 in Florence

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Popular icon of Italian tv science journalism Piero Angela will hold the opening keynote speech of the 12th International Conference of the Public Communication of Science and Technology network (PCST), that will take place in Florence from April 18 to 20, 2012.

Academics and science communicators will discuss for two days about “Quality, honesty and beauty” from very diverse angles with many science journalists, including a strong representative of the EUSJA member association Science Writers in Italy (SWIM).

Freelance writer Jacopo Pasotti, who is also a member of the Swiss Association of Science Journalism, will chair a panel focused on how to teach scientists to be more effective when communicating with the media; radio host Elisabetta Tola will conduct a “Show, tell and talk session” about Audio-Visual media; freelance writer  Gianna Milano (former science editor of the weekly newsmagazine “Panorama”) will moderate a panel about the media coverage of the HPV vaccination in Italy, in which Chiara Palmerini and Daniela Ovadia (SWIM board member) will critically frame the issue together with two experts of public health.

Finally I will chair a panel about the international network of Science Media Centres – that is aggregating around the very successful experience conducted in the last ten years in the UK – and will maybe have the new Chief Scientific Adviser of the European Commission Anne Glover among the panelists.
And I will also be in another panel with Ruth Francis from the Press office of Nature and representatives of top scientific publishers Eric Merkel-Sobotta from Springer and Tom Reller from Elsevier to discuss about embargoes and access to the scientific literature.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

(If there are other EUSJA members in the program that I didn’t mention, please let us know through the comments).

About Fabio Turone

Fabio Turone directs the Agency Zoe of scientific and medical information. He is President of Science Writers in Italy, Course Director of the International School of Science Journalism based in Erice, Sicily, and works with UNESCO at the Balkan School of Science Journalism.