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Pre-conference event

Skills and tools

1 July

09:00 to 17:00

EPFL Campus, Building BC, Room BC410

Balkan Science Journalism workshop

Entity involved: The Balkan Science Journalism workshop is organised by the Center for Ethics in Science and Journalism (CESJ), the Balkan Network of Science Journalists (BNSJ) and the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission. The JRC will provide funding and contribute to the program with a session on its evidence-based tools for policy-makers. The Mercator foundation will provide financial support.

Number of participants: Max. 50

This workshop is linked to a fellowship; but other delegates will also be eligible to attend on a space-available basis for free, upon e-mail registration. For information, and to register, please contact the organisers via e-mail at

The Balkan Science Journalism workshop builds on the experience of two previous events funded by UNESCO. These helped create an initial critical mass that led to the establishment of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists. The workshop aims to provide a forum for journalists from the region to exchange experience and best practice, and to strengthen networking in the region and with the rest of Europe.


Draft programme and schedule:



Arrival and registration



Welcome and outline of the day, Fabio Turone (Italy)



JRC research and outreach talk, Marton Hajdu (Hungary)
What connects car emissions, terrorist attacks, 5G and natural disasters?  They all pose difficult policy issues that require science to solve. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides science and knowledge management to policymakers to tackle these and other problems. And it also provides some free of charge data tools that journalists can find useful.



ESOF2020 Trieste, Nico Pitrelli (Italy)
From 5 to 9 July 2020 Trieste, Italy, will host the next edition of the EuroScience Open Forum - ESOF, the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. But what is ESOF? What are the key goals and features of the Trieste edition? And what is in it for Balkan Science Journalists?


10:30-11:00 Coffee break and networking



What is science journalism and why does it matter? Where to find locally-relevant science stories? Basics of pitching, reporting and writing science stories. Mico Tatalovic (Croatia/UK) and Fabio Turone (Italy)

Active participation of the audiences is expected



How to do science on TV well, Renata Dacinger (Slovenia)



Lunch and networking



How to sell science ideas to newspapers, Vedrana Simičević (Croatia)



Making a success of online science news and investigative stories into scientific and medical corruption and misconduct, Nenad Jarić Dauenhauer (Croatia) and Alexandra Nistoroiu (Romania)



Understanding editors: how to find and pitch science-related stories to international media, Mićo Tatalović (Croatia/UK)


15:00-15:30 Coffee break and networking



Panel discussion on building a science journalism freelancing career and secrets of successful freelancers with Andrada Fiscutean (Romania), Maria Bolevich (Montenegro) and Julianna Photopoulos (Greece)



The role of science journalists as informal ethics impact evaluators of innovation, Daniela Ovadia (Italy)



Conclusions and way forward for future school at ESOF in Trieste and for the ECSJ Fabio Turone (Italy) and Mico Tatalovic (Croatia/UK)



End of the programme of the Balkan workshop


The Lausanne event will be the second in a series of three workshops leading to the EuroScience Open Forum, ESOF2020, that will take place in Trieste in July 2020 (the first workshop was held in Belgrade in April 2019). Information on the project can be found here:

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