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Science Course for Journalists “Diving into Science”

Science Course for Journalists “Diving into Science”

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Dementia, swine-flu, genetic engineering – these topics make headlines. They have such social relevance that they branch off from the science section and end up in the politics and business news. That is already the case today and will only become more pronounced in the future.

By organizing a science course for journalists entitled “Diving into Science”, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina want to prepare editorial staffs for this trend through this exclusive programme in order to make certain that a high level of scientific reporting will continue to be achievable. The course is designed as an effective way for experienced journalists working in all forms of media to, despite lacking a scientific background, educate themselves to the extent necessary for good reporting.

In the continuing sessions, 15 journalists are given the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge and familiarity with the tools of the trade. With “Dive in and go deeper” as the underlying motto, the participants meet with selected internationally recognized scientists and experienced science journalists within the framework of a carefully planned programme. As a result, they will be able to form their own network of specialists and scientific institutions as well as become familiar with special research methods that can be used in their scientific reporting. The various editorial departments should profit from this programme as well because the quality of their coverage of scientific issues will be that much better.

In addition to four interesting seminar events that take place at renowned research institutes (each lasting from two to three days), the programme also includes a 3,000 € scholarship for individual research trips.

Topic for 2014 – 2016: Between High-tech and Tradition – What Modern Agriculture has to Accomplish

Production processes, technologies and markets have become more diverse and complex in the agriculture sector. The four seminars show what contribution science can make in order to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and develop long-term solutions.

Topic for 2015 – 2017: Infectious Diseases – Research and Achievements of Biomedical Science

Infectious diseases once thought eradicated are reviving; new ones are spreading because of climate change. New active substances are urgently needed for treating them. How far has research progressed? What are the latest methods for prevention, diagnostics and therapy that science has to offer? The answers are given in four seminars.

Topic for 2016 – 2018: Data – Resource of the future?

Worldwide data volume is doubling every two years. Was does this explosion of knowledge mean? How does the change towards an information society take place? The seminars of the science course for journalists demonstrate the changes in our professional and every day life through this digital revolution.



Daniela Weber

Project Manager, Science Course for Journalists with the Robert Bosch Foundation; Editor Newsletter

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