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).

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.