Fabio Turone among the Fellows of the Knight Science Journalism Program @ MIT

Fabio Turone was selected among the ten Research Fellows of the Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge/Boston, where he will spend the 2016-2017 academic year auditing classes at the MIT and the University of Harvard.

The 2016-2017 Fellows of the Knight Science Journalism Program @ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posing in front of the main building in Cambridge.

Fabio Turone è stato selezionato tra i 10 research fellows (sei americani e quattro provenienti dal resto del mondo: quest’anno Francia, Messico e Kenya) del prestigioso Knight Science Journalism Program al Massachusetts Institute of Technology di Cambridge/Boston, dove trascorrerà l’anno accademico 2016-2017 avendo l’opportunità di seguire corsi presso il Massachusetts Institute of Technology, l’Università di Harvard o una delle altre numerose istituzioni accademiche della Greater Boston area.

The Center for Ethical Science Journalism is now member of the Ethical Journalism Network

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Ethical Science Journalism / Centro per il giornalismo scientifico etico – a project that we launched in 2014 – has strenghtened its International collaborations becoming a member of the Ethical Journalism Network.

Center for Ethical Science Journalism member of Ethical Science Journalism

The effect of media and social stigma on neurotechnolgies: an invited commentary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Media and social stigma can influence the patient adaptation to neurotechnologies and DBS

By Daniela Ovadia

Daniela Ovadia is the co-director of the Neuroscience and Society Lab in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences Department of the University of Pavia and is the scientific director of Agenzia Zoe.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is one of the oldest neuromodulation techniques; it was approved by the FDA in 1997 for the treatment of <a href="http://www navigate to this web-site.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001768/” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001768/’, ‘essential tremor’]);” >essential tremor, and a few years later, in 2002, the indication was extended to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia (in 2003). In 2009 a new era for DBS started when the FDA also approved it as a therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some patients experienced a very good outcome, while others were less lucky and experienced side effects such as cognitive, behavioral or psychosocial impairments. DBS is now a common procedure for the treatment of many motor and behavioral impairments.

This is an excerpt of the invited commentary by Daniela Ovadia published on “The Neuroethics Blog” Hosted by the Center for Ethics, Neuroethics Program at Emory University.
Follows at: http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2014/12/media-and-social-stigma-can-influence.html

The programme of the Erice International School of Science Journalism 2015 is online

With the Director of the School Enzo Iarocci and the co-Director of the course Umberto Dosselli we have just announced the programme of the 6th course of the Erice International School of Science Journalism and Communication, on “The Science of Light”  (click the image to enlarge).

I have been a speaker for the three first editions of the Erice International School, when it was co-directed by Barbara Gallavotti and Enzo Iarocci, then I was named co-director.

Daniela Ovadia was also frequently present as a speaker in the school, and helped draft the programme on Cognitive Neuroscience of the 2013 edition.

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The programme of the 2015 course (click to enlarge).


Daniela Ovadia lecturing about controversies in neurosciences in the 2014 edition of the Erice International School of Science Journalism

Daniela Ovadia lecturing about controversies in neuroscience in the 2014 edition of the Erice International School of Science Journalism

Notes on the 2nd UNESCO South East Europe workshop on science journalism

We are working hard to keep this highly challenging and rewarding experience alive, after the second very succesful UNESCO South East Europe workshop held in Podgorica, Montenegro, in September 2014.

I want to thank the many great people that worked with me to make this esperience unforgettable, starting from Mario Scalet and Rosanna Santesso from the UNESCO Venice Office to the talented and skilled colleagues who shared their knowledge and vision with me and with the attending fellows.
In the picture, some of the trainers of the Podgorica workshop. From left, standing: Slobodan Bubnjević (Serbia), Peter Mayr (Austria), Joost van Kasteren (The Netherlands), Fabio Turone (Italy); from left, sitting : Mićo Tatalović  (Croatia/UK), David Ropeik (United States).

Other colleagues who contributed to the workshops (the first one was held in Belgrade in 2013) and also deserve a huge THANKS are: Connie StLouis (UK), Claudia Di Giorgio (Italy), Hristio Boytchev (Germany), Bora Zivkovic (Serbia, US), Eshan Masood (UK) and of course Daniela Ovadia (Italy).

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Some of the trainers of the UNESCO Podgorica 2014 workshop on science journalism. From left, standing: Slobodan Bubnjević (Serbia), Peter Mayr (Austria), Joost van Kasteren (The Netherlands), Fabio Turone (Italy); from left, sitting : Mićo Tatalović (Croatia/UK), David Ropeik (United States).


P.S. Here is the segment broadcast by the Montenegrin State TV, with the interviews to several trainers (including Fabio Turone).

“Scientific controversies in the media” at Tel Aviv 2013

In November 2013 we were both invited by the Jerusalem Press Club, Mishkenot Shaananim and the Israeli Academy of Sciences to attend the first Science Journalism mission to Israel. The mission started right after the 5th Conference on Science Communication organized at the University of Tel Aviv, where we were invited to deliver a workshop on the delicate issue of dealing with controversial topics in the media.



Investigative science journalism and uncertainty at WCSJ 2013 Helsinki

I took part in the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists held in Helsinki (Finland) in June 2013, <a href="http://wcsj2013 like this.org/making-sense-uncertainty/” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://wcsj2013.org/making-sense-uncertainty/’, ‘discussing about uncertainty in a panel organised by Sense about Science’]);” target=”_blank”>discussing about uncertainty in a panel organised by Sense about Science, and contributing to the workshop organised by the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), on investigative science journalism. At the time I was sitting in the board of EUSJA, still trying to change it.

After that very frustrating experience with EUSJA, both on the human and the professional side, in early 2014 I started investing all my energies – along with a group of excellent colleagues from the most relevant and active associations of science journalists in Europe – in the launch of the European Federation for Science Journalism.

L’inchiesta sul giornalismo scientifico

schermata-2011-05-04-a-15-26-50L’Ordine dei Giornalisti della Lombardia mi ha chiesto all’inizio del 2011 di scrivere la cover story della rivista Tabloid sul giornalismo scientifico, che è uscita nel numero di marzo-aprile, alla vigilia del 7° congresso mondiale dei giornalisti scientifici, in cui Daniela Ovadia ed io abbiamo prodotto due sessioni sulla biooetica e sulla comunicazione del rischio. A quel congresso parteciparono anche cinque colleghi lombardi, grazie alle borse di studio messe a disposizione proprio dall’Ordine dei giornalisti della Lombardia su proposta della nostra associazione professionale Science Writers in Italy.
(L’articolo è disponibile online nel sito di Science Writers in Italy ed è scaricabile in PDF nell’impaginazione originale)

Discussing Science Media Centres at the PCST 2012 conference with Anne Glover

SONY DSCI had the pleasure to meet Anne Glover, who had just been named Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, while I was working on a panel I had submitted to the 2012 International Conference of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network  in Florence.

I invited her to join us in my panel – along with Fiona Fox, Morten Busch and Charlotte Wien – to discuss about the experience of the International Network of Science Media Centres I had started working with since the Doha 2011 World Conference of Science Journalists, and she happily accepted the invitation: her speech was both interesting and entertaining (the audio of that panel is available on the page of the  Science Media Centre Global Network, in the right column).

Since then, I met Anne Glover on several occasions, and I always had the perception of a great person who has been doing a great job to help inform the European policy makers, and citizens, about the science – the evidence – available on all controversial topics.

And when several NGos (including Greenpeace) started a campaign against Anne Glover and the function of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, I contributed to write with the colleagues of the European Federation for Science Journalism an open letter to the new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to defend her and especially the role. Unfortunately, a few weeks later Juncker decided to kill the post.

“Writing for the media” : Joint ICTP-TWAS Workshop on Science Communication

I was invited to hold a keynote speech at the “Joint ICTP-TWAS Workshop on Science Communication in Developing Countries: Bridging the Gap between Science, Policy and the General Public” in Trieste (17-21 October, 2011) pop over to this website.

Here is the abstract:

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Why should scientists be interested in writing for the media? And why should the media be interested in scientists writing for them? The talk will start from these questions to address some of the typical features of media accounts dealing with science issues that push most scientists to shy away from the “media storms”, and will show some of the attempts that are being made to break the vicious circle by favouring an exchange between scientists and media professionals as «professional peers». Finally, the model adopted worldwide by the Science Media Centres – that aims at providing the media with timely evidence-based opinions on the daily news involving science – will be rapidly illustrated.

The slides are also available for download in pdf.

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