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Signals from the future: Emerging technologies in science journalism

November 4th 2020 - November 5th 2020


FETFX, in collaboration with QUEST project – Quality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology communication – is organizing an online workshop on Emerging technologies in science journalism that will take place online on 4th and 5th November.


Future technologies elicit great fascination among broad audiences. Artificial intelligence (AI) is but one example that captivates technologists and the lay person. But while journalists and science communicators have identified it as a current topic of interest to the general public, researchers are often unhappy with the way in which AI is presented in the media. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) can prove challenging for journalists in that their potential future impact may be massive, but their precise workings and the pathways to innovation are not very clear.


This event aims to shed light on this issue for science communication. We will take a close look at how emerging technologies have been presented to date, what new and promising ways to communicate them to broader audiences exist, and what the journalistic barriers are. We will be examining artificial intelligence as one example, but also include other FETs supported under the European Innovation Council Pathfinder and Accelerator actions and previous FET programme under Horizon 2020.


Experienced science communicators will investigate potential ways and test new tools for going beyond traditional storytelling – which can often slant towards the utopian or dystopian – with leading technology experts identified in high-risk high-gain research projects. The event will address both the simplifications often necessary for effective communication as well as the concerns of technologists that their research will be fundamentally mis-portrayed.


This two-day, online workshop will be divided into four sessions, which will include three expert panels as well as the demonstration of an exciting new research tool for journalists utilising AI currently under development by QUEST.


The workshop is organised by the FETFX project, in collaboration with the QUEST project.


The FETFX project is a Coordination and Support Action funded under the H2020 FET programme. The project supports all FET projects in increasing their influence and impact among science, industry, policy makers and society. Acting as a communications hub across various media, FETFX fosters the communication, dissemination and exploitation of FET funded projects through easy-to-access tools and techniques and FET/ EIC Pathfinder dedicated events.


QUEST –  is a 30-month Horizon 2020 project that investigates science communication in three strands – journalism, social media and museums – taking stock of science communication today, defining quality criteria and providing supporting tools for scientists, journalists, social media managers and museums facilitators.


For any inquiries, please write to us at info@fetfx.eu.


from Wed, 4 November 2020
to Thu, 5 November 2020