New international science communication summer school launched
An international team from Europe (including the University of Malta) is launching the STEAM Summer School for Science Communication. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and innovatively marries science and art in science communication practice. The 10-day programme (13–22 July, 2016) at Rhine-Waal University in Germany offers a unique experience with over 30 grants being available.
The programme covers several aspects of science communication including journalism, arts, social media, management, policy, and theatre. It will be a fully immersive experience on science communication theory and practice but no previous communication experience is required.
STEAM aims to train science communication ambassadors eager to engage with various sectors of the public back in their home countries. It seeks to improve science awareness and help develop informed opinions, increase student uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers for highlevel jobs, stimulate the socioeconomic wellbeing of partner countries, and enhance the transferable skills of current researchers.
Grants for students, young researchers, and educators are available. The grant covers the summer school’s participation fee, with some travel and subsistence supplements. Grant applicants need a formal link to a partner institution (deadline: Friday 29 April 12:00 GMT lunchtime).
In addition, a participation fee is applicable to others interested in participation including science communication practitioners, science journalists, and established researchers (deadline: Friday June 10 12:00 GMT lunchtime).
For more information visit this link or contact STEAM via email. Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).