STEAM Summer School is returning for another year after its successful launch in 2016. The school, taught by an international team, provides training in science communication for university students, researchers and educators. The programme marries science and art, giving a fresh and innovative perspective on science communication.
The 10-day programme (3–12 July, 2017) will be held at the Golden Coast Hotel in Athens and covers several aspects of science communication: including journalism, arts, social media, management, policy, and theatre. It is a fully immersive experience on science communication fusing theory and practice. The approach is suitable for those without extensive experience in science communication and others who want to acquire new lifelong learning skills.
STEAM aims to train science communication ambassadors who are eager to engage with various sectors of the public. Some expected outputs of the school are the improvement of science awareness and engagement, increased student uptake into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers and enhanced transferable skills of researchers.
Thirty-six grants for students, young researchers, and educators are available. The grant covers the summer school’s participation fee, with some travel and subsistence allowance. Grant applicants need a formal link to a partner institution and must apply by 7 April. The school is also open to paid registrations, with an early bird discount currently open.
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 View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).