International School of Scientific Journalism and Communication

    Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture

    International School of Scientific Journalism and Communication
    1st Edition. Directors of the Course Enzo Iarocci Barbara Gallavotti. Director of the School Enzo Iarocci. EMFCSC President and Director of the Centre Antonino Zichichi

    Since many years disseminating scientific culture is recognized to be an ever-growing necessity of modern society. At present there is a large amount of scientific information available to the general public. There is, however, a continuous need of a lively discussion, in an international framework, about quality, style, and efficiency of this communication.

    The discussion is very well rooted already in some countries, but it is desirable to deepen it and extend it to more countries and areas. First of all directed to young journalists, the School is aimed in general to those interested in communicating science to the public, such as young researchers. The goal is to introduce the main challenges of the field to a new generation of science communicators and scientists, encouraging them to develop new tools and strategies.

    The School is based on lectures, working sessions and other activities, held on a given theme and other topics by international experts in the fields of science, journalism and communication. The central theme of the School in 2009 is energy. The aim is to provide on one hand the basic knowledge and future prospects for energy in the world and, on the other hand, the most advanced tools to communicate this topic to the larger public.

    Scientific Program:
    – Sergio Bertolucci (CERN, Geneva, CH): The LHC : Smashing Protons
    to Shake Commonsense Beliefs
    – John Carr (CPP, Marseille, FR): Exploring the Sky from the Depths of the Sea
    – Jean-Michel Delbecq (Future Nuclear Systems – EDF R&D, Clamart,
    FR): Energy from the Atom: Innovation towards Sustainability
    – Rajan Gupta (Los Alamos National Laboratories, NM, US): An Open
    Database to Understand, Visualize, and Analyze Global Energy Systems
    – Thomas Hartkopf (Stuttgart University, DE): Green Power: a Vision of Zero-Emission Electricity Supply
    – Norbert Holtkamp (ITER Organization, Cadarache, FR): ITER: A Fusion Experiment Based on a Worldwide Collaboration
    – Luigi Palumbo (LNF-INFN, Frascati, IT): Nanobeams for Nanoscience
    – Andrea Pisent (LNL- INFN, Frascati, IT): High Power Beams for Clean
    Nuclear Energy
    – Francesco Romanelli (JET-EFDA, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK): Like
    Burning a Star on Earth
    – Fumihiko Takasaki (KEK, Tsukuba, JP): Physics at KEK

    Journalism and Communication Program:
    – Giovanni Anzidei (UGIS, Milano, IT): Teaching Mistakes at School, the Right Way to Understand Energy
    – Gabriele Beccaria (TuttoScienze – La Stampa, Torino, IT): Tools for Reporters in Communicating Science
    – Neil Calder (ITER Organization, Cadarache, FR): ITER – The Big Prize: Global Communication for the World’s Largest Science Initiative
    – Michel Claessens (European Commission, European Commission,
    Bruxelles, BE): Europeans, Science, and Technology
    – Hassan Dweik (Al-Quds University, East Jerusalem, PS): Challenges in Communicating Science in the Mediterranean Area
    – Peter Green (AlphaGalileo Foundation, London, UK): Journalists or Apologists for Research?
    – Judy Jackson (FermiLab, Batavia, IL, US): Science in the Global Neighborhood
    – Federico Pedrocchi (Radio24, Milano, IT): The Radio and the Internet: a Pair (not yet Understood) in the Digital Scenario.
    – Jess Pryce-Jones (iOpener, London, UK) and Nisha Pillai (BBC, London, UK): How to Handle the Media: Maximising the Opportunity
    and Minimising Risk
    – Moshe Rishpon (Clore Garden of Science – Weizmann Institute,
    Rehovot, IL): Energy Goes Green: Trends in Science Centers
    – Paola Rodari (SissaMediaLab, Trieste, IT): Communicating Science in Museums and Science Centres
    – David Shukman (BBC, London, UK): What They don’t Tell You about Reporting Science
    – Hiromi Yokoyama (University of Tokyo, JP): Reaching the Heart of Japanese Public in Science Communication

    The language of the school is English

    The venue
    About the Ettore Majorana Centre
    The «Ettore Majorana» Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture is
    named after an outstanding Italian physicist. Born in Sicily in 1906,
    Ettore Majorana’s breadth of vision and exceptional contributions to
    theoretical nuclear physics moved Enrico Fermi to the following
    statement: «There are many categories of scientists, people of second and third rank, who do their best, but do not go very far. There are also people of first-class rank, who make great discoveries, fundamental to the development of science. But then there are the geniuses, like Galilei and Newton. Well, Ettore Majorana was one of them». Embracing 123 Schools, covering all branches of Science, the Centre is situated in the old pre-mediaeval city of Erice where four restored monasteries (one of which was the residence of the Viceroy of Sicily during the XIV and XV Centuries) provide an appropriate setting for high intellectual endeavour.

    These ancient buildings are now named after great scientists and strong supporters of the ‘Ettore Majorana’ Centre. The San Francesco
    Monastery (former Viceroy’s residence) is now the Eugene P. Wigner
    Institute with the ‘Enrico Fermi’ Lecture Hall. The San Domenico
    Monastery is now the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute with the ‘Paul A.M. Dirac’ Lecture Hall. The San Rocco Monastery is now the Isidor I. Rabi Institute with the ‘Richard P. Feynman’ Lecture Hall, the Directorate and the main Secretariat of the Centre. The ‘Ciclope’ is now the Victor F. Weisskopf Institute with the ‘Richard H. Dalitz’ Lecture Hall. There are living quarters in all four Institutes for people attending the Courses at the Centre. The Polo Sismico, the first worldwide Network of Seismological Detectors (1981), is located in the I.I. Rabi Institute. The ‘Daniel Chalonge’ and the ‘Paul A.M. Dirac’ Museums are situated at the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute.

    Application procedure
    The application for attendance is done by e-mail to be addressed to:
    Further contact details:
    International School of Scientific Journalism and Communication
    Erice, 6th – 9th July 2009
    Secretariat and Correspondence
    Ms. Veronica Buccheri
    Tel.: +39 06 9403 2447 / 2479
    Fax: +39 06 9421986
    Registration fee
    The fee is € 400,00 and it is inclusive of registration, accommodation, meals and transportation from Trapani or Palermo airports to Erice and viceversa.


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