On this science and innovation communication degree (SCICOMM) , you will be taught through lectures, seminars, laboratories and study visits to museums and research centers.

scicomm activities

Scicomm Core modules

Science and Technology in Society | Massimiano Bucchi
What are the key concepts and results from Science in Technology in Society research that should be the basic background for understanding science communication processes and planning science communication strategies? The course will review ten keywords that have marked the development of the field, highlight recent trends/changes and their implications for the contemporary contexts of interaction between experts and different publics.

Historical spaces of knowledge | Serena Luzzi 
The course will consider the historical development of the organization of Knowledge, particularly the Scientific Knowledge, and the condition of circulation of Knowledge in a variety of public and private spaces and through a variety of ways. Furthermore, the course will focus on social and cultural practices connected with processes of Knowledge circulation. Attention will be devoted also to the means used by Churches and by State in order to control (and censure) knowledge.

Communicating Science and Technology in the Digital Age | Cristina Rigutto
This class helps students develop methods of analysis and critical thinking to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and gain cutting-edge knowledge of key developments in the emerging technologies and their wider societal causes and consequences. Students will also learn to identify and analyse social network characteristics to establish the potential of social networking technologies in specific contexts and domains, and how to approach digital science communication and social media engagement activities with the public, while avoiding potential pitfalls.

Science on screen | Alberto Brodesco
The course investigates how audiovisual media (cinema, television, YouTube) contribute to shape the imagination of techno-science. The identification and the close reading of media texts (films, TV shows, videos) will provide the students with historical competences and methodological skills to analyze the multiple features, contexts and imageries of the visual representation of techno-science and the figure of the scientist in the contemporary media sphere.

Cognitive Sociology of Science: Studying social conversations about science | Giuseppe Veltri 
In this module, we will apply the theoretical and methodological frameworks of cognitive sociology to the study of people’s relationship with science and technology. We will apply concepts such as social representations, frames, motivated reasoning, and other. Moreover, we will introduce the application of digital methods to the study of public opinion in the context of public understanding of science.

Evaluating public engagement with science and technology | Giuseppe Pellegrini
Technoscience and its products are strongly related to both beliefs and values ​​and therefore affect issues of great public interest, such as to require forms of involvement and participation of the various audiences that may be interested in this or that innovation.
The course proposes the study of fundamental elements that make an effective evaluation and how to develop tools, processes and practices to achieve efficiently a correct assessment of public engagement activities.

Communicating Environmental Issues | Emanuela Bozzini
In this module we will analyse how environmental issues, controversies and concerns are communicated in contemporary societies. We will focus on a range of questions: how do social actors think and frame environmental issues? How is scientific evidence on environment communicated and used in policy processes? What is the role of media in the shaping public understanding of environmental issues? The module will address empirical case studies including climate change, chemical pollution, renewable energy.

Innovation: economy, policy and communication | Lorenzo Beltrame, Attila Bruni
This course provides an introduction to the analysis of innovation processes, and their economic and policy determinants and implications. Participants will be provided with the basic notions of innovation studies. In parallel, a focus on communication strategies and practices commonly adopted by organizations and institutions involved in the making of the innovation will be developed.
Participants are expected to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge to promote and support innovation and technology transfer processes in different organizational contexts.

Writing about science and innovation | Massimo Sideri

Open Science and the Law (A Legal Approach to Open Science) | Roberto Caso, Giulia Dore, Paolo Guarda
Modern science features an increasing drift to support openness in the whole research cycle. New policies have been developed to sustain this trend of allowing and promoting accessibility to the outputs of publicly funded research, mainly scientific publications and research data. However, the current legal background, traditionally closed and restricted, represents to some extent a tangible barrier. Under these premises, the module offers an introduction to open science and the law, particularly intellectual property law, privacy and data protection, to postgraduate students of any disciplines. Special attention is given to Open Access Publications, Open Research Data, Open Peer Review and Open Educational Resources. No previous legal knowledge is required as students will learn the core dynamics affecting the open science world, focusing on the opportunities and the benefits of making science and research open while being introduced to the legal constraints that risk endangering this treasured process. The module comprises short lecturers and practical demos, hands-on activities and discussions. Reading the learning materials is essential and active participation in class is required.

Science storytelling and its discontents: a critical view | Stefano Oss
When science communication is not based on a solid knowledge basis, scientific topics and technical arguments can be contaminated, if not obscured, by non-scientific or pseudo-scientific attitudes and claims.
Nevertheless, we could easily account for and manage these claims through a proper analysis of content and methodological issues.
In this class students will take part in practical activities and discussions to learn explicit references and examples regarding appropriate skills and contents to be used in the scientific storytelling arena.

Workshops, seminars and other activities:

Understanding and Communicating Law and Life Sciences  | Carlo Casonato
Life sciences create never-ending changes and innovations. These developments generate many consequences, which bioethics and the law have to face in order to avoid cons and favour pros. In order to effectively communicate the law of life sciences (LLL), it is critical to understand both its object (as challenging as it is) and the changing that law itself has to join. The course aims at studying the main principles of LLL, focusing, at the same time, on the required legal mutations.

Laboratory life |Michela Denti , Paola Bellosta
The course aims at giving a general but concrete introduction to what researchers do in life sciences and biomedical laboratories, and how they need to communicate their research to different typologies of audiences.
The Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO) of the University of Trento is currently home to about 40 independent research groups (amounting to ~200 scientists), focusing on four broad research areas: Cancer Biology & Genomics; Cell & Molecular Biology; Microbiology & Synthetic Biology; Neurobiology & Development.
This module will comprise a short introductory lecture on the research and outreach activities present at CIBIO, and immersive experiences with CIBIO researchers, in their laboratories.

Communicating innovation to investors and stakeholders | Alessandro Rossi
The interactive seminar introduces participants to various techniques used by entrepreneurs and startups to present innovation to investors, stakeholders, and customers. A fundamental challenge faced by entrepreneurs and startups at various stages of development of a business idea, is represented by communicating effectively, both in oral and written form. Elevator and investor pitches, executive summaries, investor slide decks, business plans are the most common tools used to the ultimate goal of convincing investors, at various stage, that a business idea has potential and is worth to be pursued. In the workshop, students will learn the basics of startup jargon, concepts and techniques, and will be tasked with the development of a comprehensive communication strategy for an innovation project.

Scicomm Workshop  | Cristina Rigutto, Alberto Brodesco, Massimo Sideri 
This highly interactive program allows students to engage in the exploration of new ideas, insights, and experiences from the instructors, guest speakers, and their peers. This training will equip students with practical communication skills through fast-moving discussions,  experiential exercises, videos, case studies, articles, interactive exercises, and small group activities. Students will put the newest techniques into practice, test out new approaches, and learn  how they can make complex ideas more easily accessible and understandable across a variety of media and contexts.

Other activities
Seminars with leading international experts, guest lectures, theatre plays, film screenings, concerts, art & science event.


Thinking about your future

Career Networking and Interview Skills Workshop | Cristina Rigutto
This half-day training course addresses the  essential skills in career networking:  how to build and optimize a network that can lead to jobs or other work-related opportunities and  how to craft an elevator pitch for networking events. Students will also be trained on how to tailor a resume and make it connect to the job description.

Meet Science and innovation Communicators | Various Companies delegates
Representatives of research centers, science museums, media and companies meet SCICOMM students  to present their activities. Students can get familiar with the recruitment process, labour market demands, and work or internship opportunities . Students will also have the opportunity to discuss about skills, competencies that are required for a successful integration in the field of science and innovation communication.