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Meet the expert - Elisabetta Tola Meet the expert - Elisabetta Tola

Elisabetta Tola has a PhD in Microbiology and an MA in Science Communication at SISSA, Trieste, Italy. She is a lecturer in science communication, multimedia, radio production and in data journalism in various journalism schools and courses.

 She is co-founder of the science communication agency formicablu, in Bologna and Roma, where she coordinates projects exploring cross-media tools in science communication. She has been one of the presenters of the daily science programme Radio3Scienza on RAI Radio 3 since 2005. Elisabetta is currently involved in the production of the weekly science programme PiGreco Party, on air and in podcast since 2004 on Radio Città del Capo, Bologna. 

In 2010, she worked on seismic risk prevention, producing the docu-fiction Non chiamarmi terremoto. Her recent interest include data journalism and communication of agro-biodiversity.

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RE: day 2 - opening questions
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day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 10:21
Hallo everybody,

I hope you are well and ready to go on today conversation.

First questions of the day will be:

1. Do you ever get in direct touch with scientific results from EU research projects?

2. If yes, how does that happen: through their websites, through direct knowledge of the involved scientists, through an intermediate network such as ESOF or PCST?

3. Do EU research projects prove a good source of information for your work? And how do you actually use that information within your planned work?
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 13:53 as a reply to Elisabetta Tola.
2. If yes, how does that happen: through their websites, through direct knowledge of the involved scientists, through an intermediate network such as ESOF or PCST?

usually it is through intermediates, eg by newsletters or by press releases if from my country.

however, in my work i am not so much dependent on these results, rather find them interesting as background of issues and scientists to get back to if the topic gets relevant for us.
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 14:00 as a reply to Barbara Streicher.
Barbara Streicher:
2. If yes, how does that happen: through their websites, through direct knowledge of the involved scientists, through an intermediate network such as ESOF or PCST?

usually it is through intermediates, eg by newsletters or by press releases if from my country.

however, in my work i am not so much dependent on these results, rather find them interesting as background of issues and scientists to get back to if the topic gets relevant for us.


so, barbara, how do you use these materials? just as a sort of archive? which kind of topics are actually relevant for you then?
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 15:23 as a reply to Elisabetta Tola.
I want to distinguish two different categories of findings that are relevant for our work:

The first category contains results in natural sciences that we use as content in our programs. Herefore we mainly use personal contact to researchers in the scientific faculty of the local university. We include students and researchers in some of our programs or initiate BSc works that take place in our institution.

The second category contains results about science teaching. Therefore we mainly check relevant journals for science education
(e.g. the journal for didactics in science of the University of Kiel http://www.ipn.uni-kiel.de/zfdn/) or the data base of the Austrian IMST-Project. Unfortunately most of the articles focus only on science teaching in a classroom context, there is very little evidence about non-formal science teaching.

On the last ECSITE conference I heard about the research2practice project (http://www.research2practice.info/) which I really consider as a great idea: on this page you find abstracts and short overviews about actual research concerning non-formal science teaching.
I think, this form of dissemination of very specific reseach concerning exactly our field of interest is a practical way to be up-to date with an acceptable amount of time for recherche.

Andrea
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 15:29 as a reply to Andrea Frantz-Pittner.
Andrea Frantz-Pittner:
I want to distinguish two different categories of findings that are relevant for our work:

The first category contains results in natural sciences that we use as content in our programs. Herefore we mainly use personal contact to researchers in the scientific faculty of the local university. We include students and researchers in some of our programs or initiate BSc works that take place in our institution.

The second category contains results about science teaching. Therefore we mainly check relevant journals for science education
(e.g. the journal for didactics in science of the University of Kiel http://www.ipn.uni-kiel.de/zfdn/) or the data base of the Austrian IMST-Project. Unfortunately most of the articles focus only on science teaching in a classroom context, there is very little evidence about non-formal science teaching.

On the last ECSITE conference I heard about the research2practice project (http://www.research2practice.info/) which I really consider as a great idea: on this page you find abstracts and short overviews about actual research concerning non-formal science teaching.
I think, this form of dissemination of very specific reseach concerning exactly our field of interest is a practical way to be up-to date with an acceptable amount of time for recherche.

Andrea


Thanks for this contribution, Andrea. So do you think that having a unique place designed and organised to have informations for specific groups of interests (teachers, people working on informal science teaching, events organisers and so on) might actually prove an effective way to get to know what european research projects are about? and how would you think that such a tool could be developed and made itself known to professionals throughout europe?

Anyone else will have some idea about it?
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 15:42 as a reply to Andrea Frantz-Pittner.
Thanks Andrea for this great link!
Do other participants know about or use specific informal science learning research results channels? Maybe we could try to list the main ones. I would definitely be interested in knowing at least some of them...
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24/07/12 15:35 as a reply to Elisabetta Tola.
Maybe it could become part of the dissemination routine of EU projects to post an abstract and a short version on a common data base (instead of producing lots of useless brochures that nobody will read)...So at least all people involved in projects know about this data base. An other idea could be to link the data base to homepages of national, regional and topic-related networks.
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 16:11 as a reply to Andrea Frantz-Pittner.
Andrea Frantz-Pittner:
Maybe it could become part of the dissemination routine of EU projects to post an abstract and a short version on a common data base (instead of producing lots of useless brochures that nobody will read)...So at least all people involved in projects know about this data base. An other idea could be to link the data base to homepages of national, regional and topic-related networks.


very good, I think this option is quite feasible, and I do agree particularly on the subject of not supporting the production of too many fliers in favour of a sort of standard basi set of info on each project.

important thing: would you also find useful to have a list/database of expert scientists available to give advice and to talk to you on the different subjects in the different countries?

creating a network of scientists working on the different EU projects and ready to be discussing their work with science communicators would be of any help?
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
24/07/12 22:59 as a reply to Elisabetta Tola.
Dear all,

thanks for all the info.
If I come across EU projects relevant for my work I do check the different work packages and try to find out their respective leaders. But I think that it's usually at conferences that I hear about EU projects that I am interested in, so the main channel for me are conferences...
Patience is quite important: it is often the case that you hear about ongoing and interesting projects, but it then takes some years before you see analyses and publications in print. So between hearing about a project and actually reading its outcomes, there might be a few years... Not a problem per se; but you do have to remember and check for outcomes AFTER projects are over...
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RE: day 2 - opening questions
25/07/12 00:57 as a reply to Didier Laval.
Didier Laval:
Thanks Andrea for this great link!
Do other participants know about or use specific informal science learning research results channels? Maybe we could try to list the main ones. I would definitely be interested in knowing at least some of them...


Me too!
Thank you Andrea. How I wish I could read German :/
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