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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Science Communication Module 1: Popular Science Communication, Module 2: Scientific Publications and Project Proposals


Sensor Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies, second-level study programme
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, second-level study programme
Information and Communication Technologies, third-level study programme
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme
Ecotechnologies, second-level study programme
Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Saša Novak Krmpotič


The subject set " Science Communication" is aimed at masters and doctoral students IPS and is open also to the participation of other students.
In the module, " Popular Science Communication" they will learn about the importance of defining the target audience, communication objectives, the ways to present their scientific work in popular, so interesting and understandable way. They will acquire the skill of how to balance popular and professional stiles. The workshops will also be acquainted with the basics of public speaking and reporting.
In the module, " Scientific Reporting and Project Proposal" the students will get familiar with the steps of preparing a scientific paper or oral presentation as well as the preparation of project applications.


The present subject set deals with two areas of science communication:
1. Popular science communication
2. Professional reporting and project application

Ad 1: In the first module (Popular Science Communication), the students become familiar with the basic approaches to delivering scientific content in a simplified (popular) manner. They will address popular science articles and lectures, interviews, giving interviews for radio or TV.
The work will take place in the form of workshops led by the journalists experienced in popular science. Lecturers will present the expectations of non-professional public, the approaches on how to write an article for daily newspaper and how to report in radio or TV interview or prepare an effective pitch. Typical mistakes in popular communication of science will be also mentioned.

Ad.2: In the second module (Professional reporting and project application) the lecturers will present the procedures for the preparation of a scientific article or an oral conference contribution. The second part will be devoted to the preparation of project application. Lessons will be held in the form of workshops, which will take place clustered within a short period of time.
The first workshop (writing scientific articles and preparing oral presentations) will be presented in the perspectives of the author and the reviewer/editor. The students will prepare a draft of a paper and oral presentation.
In the second workshop (project application) students will learn where to find the calls for proposal, ways to get involved in consortia. They will gain knowledge on how to prepare a project application and will prepare a draft with a help of the lecturer.

Course literature:

Science Research Writing For Non-Native Speakers Of English: A Guide for Non-Native Speakers of English, Glasman-Deal, Hilary
Scientific Writing: The Reader's and Writer's Guide 2.0: The Expanded Edition with Writing Diagnosis Tool on DVD for Mac and PC, Jean-Luc Lebrun
Proposal writing:

Significant publications and references:

Koordinatorka predmetnega sklopa: Saša Novak Krmpotič
• Predstavnica SFA za informiranje javnosti v Evropskem fuzijskem programu (2005-2014)
• Članica evropske mreže za informiranje javnosti FuseCOM 2005-…
• Članica koordinatorskega tima Evropske razstave o napredku na področju fuzijske energije Fusion EXPO 2008-2013
• Pobudnica in koordinatorka projekta „Znanost na cesti, znanje in ideje na prepihu“ od l.2013
• Avtorica 29 poljudnoznanstvenih prispevkov, 10 intervjujev (COBISS)


IPS students who will enroll this course must have evidence of active participation in both subjects. They get 5 KT in the 3rd year. Active participation is certified by the lecturers or by the coordinator of the subject.

Students obligations:

IPS students who will enroll this course must have evidence of active participation in both subjects. They get 5 KT in the 3rd year. Active participation is certified by the lecturers or by the coordinator of the subject.