The first edition of the Balkan School of Science Journalism will be held on Oct 3-5 in Belgrade

The first edition of the Balkan School of Science Journalism, promoted by the UNESCO Venice Office, will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in the first days of October 2013 (3-5), […]

The first edition of the Balkan School of Science Journalism, promoted by the UNESCO Venice Office, will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in the first days of October 2013 (3-5), in parallel with the 1st Regional Science Promotion Conference.

Mico Tatalovic and I are part of the core team working on the project, and EUSJA President emeritus Istvan Palugyai will be among the speakers. Sadly, the school will not be able to benefit from the contribution of David Dickson, who passed away very suddenly few weeks after gladly accepting to contribute to the programme.

This first three-day edition of the school will be focusing on developing participants’ skills in:

•          Critically reflecting and reporting on scientific results

•          Understanding the related media mechanisms

•          Communicating with non-scientific public

And cover the following topics:

•          How to improve the quality of science reporting and avoid pseudo-science?

•          How to build and maintain trust between science and journalism.

•          The watchdog role of journalism. Rebuilding public trust in science.

•          Dealing with uncertainty and risk.

The preliminary list of speakers includes: Bora Zivkovic, Hristio Boytchev, David Ropeik, Daniela Ovadia, Peter Mayr and Marco Cattaneo (The preliminary programme is available on the website of the school).

The UNESCO Venice Office will offer a limited number of participation grants covering travel costs.

Deadline for applications is 8 September 2013.

All details can be found on the website of UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/venice) and on the website of the Balkan School (http://balkanscijc.wordpress.com)

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.