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Science Communication Short Course 2010

August 15, 2010 - August 19, 2010

Science & Technology Communication – An International Short Course in Communicating Science & Technology

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Course Dates: August 15—20, 2010

Organized by: Michigan State University Institute of International Agriculture in collaboration with MSU Department of Sociology, MSU Extension, ANR Communication Division and College of Communication Arts and Sciences

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Course Rationale

“Science and Technology” is considered as one of the pillars of sustainable development in today’s society. New developments in science and technology have contributed significantly to improve various aspects of the quality of life of mankind through improvements in agricultural productivity, food security, environmental quality, economic growth etc. However, over the years, it has become increasingly evident that some of the new developments in science and technology are controversial and require adequate information sharing between various stakeholders and the general public in order to create a favorable environment for their application.

At present, we live in an interconnected, globalized world where there is a tremendous exchange of information, technologies and tools for innovation. Recent advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT) make available relevant technologies for dissemination of information to the public, through various channels. As decision-makers and the society at large are demanding for more accurate and credible information, there is a dire need to utilize these various channels in order to disseminate information. In this regard, scientists who generate new sciences and technologies need to be well equipped with proper know-how to communicate with different stakeholders and the society on a day-to-day basis.

Course Description

This course in Science and Technology Communication will provide participants the opportunity to gain skills in science communication using various tools and approaches. The course will provide hands-on experience in communicating science using case studies of specific technologies.

The course will be a platform for the local and international participants to exchange their experiences in communicating new sciences and technologies and will help establish cooperation and collaboration.

The knowledge, information and experience gained through this course will help participants contribute towards creating better understanding of scientific innovations within the general public and within various stakeholders who serve the public.

Course Components

  • Overview of communication theory.
  • Overcoming constraints and resolving issues related to communication.
  • Tools in communication.
  • Common journalist practices.
  • Case studies—biotechnology, biodiversity, pesticides, bio-fuels, food labeling, international trade, food safety, organic products, food security.
  • Development of presentation skills.
  • Risk communication.
  • Development of interview skills.
  • Hands on experience in development of press releases and newspaper articles.
  • Hands on experience in development of web news-releases.
  • ICT and Communication.
  • Ethics in Communication.

Application deadline: July 15, 2010

Registration Fee: $250 (Non-Refundable)
Course Fee *: $3,000
Course Fee includes instruction fee, information packages, local travel, meals and Lodging. (* Course Fee non-refundable after July 31, 2010)

Please make checks payable to Michigan State University.

For more information contact:

Ms. Dilshani Sarathchandra
Institute of International Agriculture
176 Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824, U.S.A.
Phone: (517) 355-0271 Ext.1172
Fax: (517) 432-1982
E-mail: sarathch@msu.edu


Dr. Karim M. Maredia
Institute of International Agriculture
416 Plant & Soil Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 (USA)
Phone: (517) 353-5262
Fax: (517) 432-1982
E-mail: kmaredia@msu.edu


August 15, 2010
August 19, 2010
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