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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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day 3 - Introduction of the theme of the day
Hallo everybody,

thanks to all those who posted in the evening replying to the threads opened yesterday.

Today is our last day of discussion and we would like to focus more on the suggestions and ideas of appropriate tools that can be used or developed to actually disseminate science results, contents, interesting findings regarding the practices in a good and effective way.

So, we'll define our theme today as "Find the way to a communicator’s attention: What kind of information is important to be communicated when disseminating project results? And through which tools?"

From the previous two days of discussions we can summarize some points:

1. many of you use the web as a valuable source but then 'slow' information (comprising direct contacts with scientists, use of books and of papers) is deemed necessary and often more useful in the type of work done by the people who are organising events, exhibition, preparing informal science labs or planning book publishing.

2. the main difficulty in keeping up with european research, both of the 'hard sciences' type and of the "action&practices" is to know that it is actually done, and to know where materials produced during these projects are going to be published and available

3. someone suggested to build a unique database of the EU projects, collecting even short descriptions and links to resources which could be easily searched for, instead of having to know the website for each project

4. there is an issue of choosing who are the best people and professionals that should produce these type of materials: scientists themselves, although being the ones producing scientific knowledge, are often not so good in terms of communication catering for different publics. However, having science communication professionals as an interface always poses a further level of translation, filtering and so on.

Now, focusing mainly on the science education projects (and thus on those who are more important and useful in terms of highlighting good practices for science dissemination) it is definitely crucial to find relevant results in a decent amount of time and through the appropriate and accessible ways.

How do you spot interesting projects which might give you interesting clues as to improve your work? What grabs your attention? How do you select the projects that are worth the time spending on?
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