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Education Helps You Understand Things, Science Communication – to Explain Them: An Interview with ITMO University Graduate Daniil Shirokov
Daniil Shirokov is one of the first graduates of the Science Communication program at ITMO University. By the time he started his Master’s studies, he already had a Bachelor’s degree in biophysics. Now, Daniil works as a science communicator at one of the biggest private clinics in St. Petersburg while writing a thesis on philosophy. ITMO.NEWS contacted him and found out what it’s like to switch from hard science to humanities, why a medical center would need a science communicator and how he studies the way scientific knowledge changes at modern universities.
Last week, AKSON Young Professionals, a project aimed at creating a platform for experience exchange in the field of science communication, organized its first meetup. The project was launched by ITMO University graduates and members of the Association for Communication in Education and Science (AKSON): Elizaveta Dubovik, Ksenia Malchenko, and Sergey Belov. Read on to learn more about the project’s mission, challenges, and plans for the future.
ITMO University’s Center for Science Communication and the Sirius Educational Center are intensifying their collaboration in the field of science communication: during workshops organized at the Center by ITMO graduates, school students learned about science communication and Art&Science and took part in discussions on technological modification of the human genome. Throughout the next year, more ITMO University students are expected to travel to Sochi to take part in similar initiatives.
On August 17, the Medical Lab nationwide event will be held in Russia with the involvement of the nation’s top scientists and medical professionals. In St. Petersburg, the event is going to take place at ITMO University and will be curated by Ilya Fomintsev, an oncologist and the head of the Ne Naprasno cancer prevention foundation. During the event, the expert will speak about the history of cancer and the myths that surround this disease.
On June 28, the Third Forum of Science Communicators was held at ITMO University. Organized with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the event became a platform for discussion and exchange of experience among science journalists, science popularizers, scientific press officers and researchers of science and technologies. Among the speakers were leading national and international experts in the field of science communication, including the prominent journalist and scientist Michele Catanzaro, who spoke about the challenges of science journalism, the latter’s responsibility to society and paths for development.
German Week in St. Petersburg: Experts Discuss Science Communication and the Social Mission of Modern Science
As part of the 16th German Week in St. Petersburg, ITMO University’s Science Communication and Outreach Office has organized an open discussion on the topic “The Changing Social Mission of Today’s Scientific Organizations”. Speakers from the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) discussed the work of scientific organizations in Russia and Germany and these organizations’ impact on social development.
ITMO University and the European University at St. Petersburg have established a collaboration in the field of Master’s-level education and joint research. This Tuesday, February 19, the Rectors of these two universities have signed a partnership agreement and discussed their first joint Master’s program in the field of social research on science and technology.
This year, Anastasia Svarovskaya graduated from Russia's first Master's program in science communication. During her studies, she visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Now, Anastasia conducts space-themed projects and writes for Russian and international magazines, as well as manages popular science communities in social networks. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about the issues of promoting space science in Russia.
Birdwatching became a popular hobby after the release of Field Guide to Birds book by naturalist Roger Peterson in 1934. Currently the greatest numbers of birdwatching enthusiasts are in Great Britain and the USA, where they include up to 10% of the population. It’s not just a popular hobby but a billion-dollar industry. Mass amateur observations of birds are used by scientists when studying bird ranges and migrations. But in Russia birdwatching is still in its infancy. Why? How do you popularize amateur bird studies? How is it useful to the ornithologists and what technologies do birdwatchers need? Nina Sadykova, a science communicator at the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology of the Urals Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a popularizer of birdwatching came to ITMO University’s summer school of the Russian Geographical Society “Geography for Everyone”. She’s also developing a mobile app for identifying birds of Russia in collaboration with ITMO’s “Science Communications” Masters students.
Science Communicator Fred Balvert: 'For a Journalist, Geniuine Interest Matters More Than Knowledge'
Why is communication such an important part of science? Why should we improve the society’s trust in research? How does a science communicator create correct and yet simple texts? Fred Balvert, science communicator at Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, answered these and other questions in an interview for ITMO.NEWS.