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“Geography for All”, an international summer school hosted by the Russian Geographical Society, has just wrapped up at ITMO University. This year, the event was dedicated to popularization of geography. Over the course of a week, students from all over Russia and the CIS countries attended a whirlwind of lectures and workshops of renowned bloggers, science communicators, globetrotters, and public figures, who shared their tips and tricks for making science buzz. The summer school is the first milestone of cooperation between ITMO University’s Science Communication and Outreach Office and the Russian Geographical Society aimed at popularization of geography. This partnership gives ITMO’s Master’s students access to an expert community of leading geographers, which will be invaluable for developing new science communication tools.
How does one translate an expedition log into the popular language of comic strips? Is it possible to combine comics and science? Sure! And by the way, this is how one of the most successful science communication formats came about. It hasn’t been long since science comics appeared in Russia, but they have already become popular with both editors and the public. At the recent workshop that was part of the Russian Geographical Society’s summer school hosted by ITMO University, Alena Lesnyak, editor of the “Schrodinger’s Cat” popular science magazine, editor in chief of the oLogy portal on science and scenarist of science comics spoke about their prospects, popularity, and mission.