train the scientist!

Panel discussion & Workshop

Venice (Italy) – Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 – h. 09:00-17:30
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Ca’ Dolfin – Aula Magna Silvio Trentin


Venice, a view on Canal Grande from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Rectorate building


Scientific organisations insist that researchers should get more involved in outreach activities. Scientists are aware that they contribute positively to society, but are often confronted with too many pressures to devote time and resources needed to communicate their results properly. The public are often eager to know more, but at times show mistrust towards scientists. Communicators are there to help, but are they used enough to give the training required within the institutions?

Opportunities for scientists to get trained in communication techniques are increasing. But is this enough? Are courses, seminars, workshops proving to be effective in training scientists in communications? Are institutions really aiming to improve their staff’s communication skills? Are there new opportunities arising for both scientists and communicators?

In this event a group of experts will share their views.



A panel discussion open to the public and a workshop open to EUPRIO and AICUN members, organised within Ca’ Foscari University of Venice “Research Communication Week”, in collaboration with EUPRIO, AICUN and the EU2020 QUEST project



Registration of participants


Welcome addresses
Michele Bugliesi, Rettore of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Jan Dries, President of EUPRIO – Director of Communications University of Antwerp


Keynote speech
Brian Trench, President of Public Communication of Science and Technology network (PCST)


Questions & Answers


Panel discussion with
Rebecca Asher, Deputy director, Sense about Science
Gian-Andri Casutt, ETH-Board Zurich – EUPRIO Steering Committee Member
Anna Godinho, Leader, Education, communications and outreach group, CERN
Francesco Fiondella, Director of communications, IRI, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Nico Pitrelli, Codirector, Master’s course in Science Communication, SISSA
Brian Trench, President of Public Communication of Science and Technology network (PCST)

Moderator: Alessandra Fornetti, Coordinator, QUEST project, Venice International University (VIU)


Light lunch


Towards EUPRIO Conference Trieste 2020 on Science Communication

Part 1: Train the scientist! Good practices across Europe


Ludo Koks, Public Affairs Advisor, Utrecht University

Mapping science communication education
Roberta Villa, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
An overview of science communication education in Europe and preliminary results from the survey involving EUPRIO members


Stories/lessons/good practices from European universities
Alexandra Cornea, Europe Research Office, Department of Research Valorisation Innovation, Université Côte d’Azur, France
Uwe Steger, Director of Communications, University of Innsbruck, Austria


An open discussion with participants on challenges, trends and perspectives about media and communication training for scientists within European universities


Closing remarks and break

Part 2: Co-designing a social media communication toolkit


Margot Bezzi, APRE


Overcoming polarization and misinformation: an overview of mass social dynamics online
Fabiana Zollo, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice


Co-design activity facilitator
Marco Valente, APRE


Summary and closing remarks

Everyone can participate for free to the morning panel discussion. Only EUPRIO and AICUN members can participate for free in the workshop, which is also open to a limited number of Communication specialists of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 

EUPRIO members can register to both the activities through their MyEUPRIO homepage (click on the specific banner).
AICUN members, who are not EUPRIO members, are requested to open their account on MyEUPRIO, before registering to these activities. They can attend both the activities for free.
Ca’ Foscari University colleagues, who are not AICUN neither EUPRIO members, are requested to to open their account on MyEUPRIO, before registering to these activities. They can attend both the activities for free.

People interested in becoming EUPRIO members can fill in their membership form on MyEUPRIO (info on Join us). 

EUPRIO optioned some rooms (booking deadline September 10th, 2019) at
Hotel al Sole  (Monia Niero) Santa Croce, 134/136 ph. +39 041 244 0328 e-mail:

Foresteria Levi Ass. Culturale Nazionale “Le Arti” – San Marco 2894 
ph. +39 041 277 0542 – +39 041 277 0574 e-mail:

People interested in booking a room in one of these hotels are requested to send an e-mail asking for availability and to take care personally to confirm and pay their rooms 

September 27th, 2019

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