How to communicate and transfer scientific knowledge
PaGES explained it to students in its 4th cycle of activities
18th-22nd March 2016 - Trieste - Italy

Working in a scientific environment does not necessarily involve performing experiments and collecting scientific data. There are many other aspects that must be considered and dealt with, such as the analysis of data, as well as the dissemination and transfer of the research results.

From the 18th to the 22nd of March, students of the schools involved in the PaGES project had the chance to learn that, once the work in the laboratory has ended, further steps must be implemented. Data have to be interpreted and elaborated to be comprehensible, including through the use of professional software. Furthermore, the achievements of the research need to be published, both in academic journals circulating among the scientific community, and in other types of media, such as press releases, articles for the general public, presentations, infographics, audiovisuals etc.

In the last training cycle of the project and after the direct experience of the students in a scientific laboratory, the researchers from Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Fabio Perissinotto and Luca Cozzarini, showed some of the ways through which scientific data can be analyzed and interpreted, and explained how they should be presented in a scientific publication.

Nicoletta Carboni, Communications Officer from CERIC-ERIC, presented the basic elements and some examples of an effective communication science. In particular, the students received hints and tips on how to make a good presentation of a research project to the general public and they themselves prepared a press release, both in English and in Italian, bearing in mind the rules to make it attractive to journalists and their audiences.

Mauro Zambelli and Raffaella Geometrante, CEO and Project Manager at Kyma s.r.l. respectively (spin-off of Elettra, designing and producing undulators and technical machines for synchrotrons and other particles accelerators, and partner of the project), closed the 4th cycle of events of PaGES by showing the interconnection between research and industry. By presenting the example of Kyma’s business model, they showed the strategic and practical importance of transferring knowledge and technology from one realm to the other.

By having a detailed overview of the different professional aspects that lay behind the research environment, the students gained new insights into making better choices for their future professional career.