2013 – Cognitive Neuroscience

4th Course: May 25-29, 2013

Cognitive Neuroscience: the frontier of knowing ourselves

Topic: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, born about 20 years ago, has generated a dramatic advancement in the investigation of the Human Brain Function. Its use has progressively been combined with other techniques, like MRI high resolution Morphometry, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Positron Emission Tomography, thus providing a multi-parametric approach to understand the function of brain after stimulation or even its activity in the resting state. These achievements and the prospects of advancing the knowledge of the functions and dysfunctions of human brain will be presented, as a basis for discussion.

Program: During the three days Course in May 2013, scientific experts will present the state-of-the-art in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and possibly other frontier topics, while science journalists will work out the challenges from their perspective.

The School: Students are introduced to today’s challenges in science journalism by international experts; challenges which are brought forward by current developments in science, communication and the media. The program consists of lectures, interactive working sessions and discussions. The close interaction with enthusiastic scientists, journalists and communicators, will encourage the students to develop new communication strategies and tools.

Enjoy Sicily: The International School for Scientific Journalism and Communication is a meeting place for scientists, journalists and communicators to address the current challenges of science communication together, in an informal setting. It is located in a beautiful medieval town on top of a mountain facing the sea. This offers the possibility to fully enjoy the Italian summer with panoramic views of the island and an introduction to its culture and delicious food and drinks.

THE 2013 PROGRAMME:
Brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience

Saturday May 25th

arrival of participants

Sunday May 26th 2013

8.45 UMBERTO DOSSELLI – INFN-LNF Frascati

Introduction

9:00 ARNO VILLRINGER – Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science

The frontiers of knowing ourselves -1

10.00 FEDERICO GIOVE – Centro Fermi

The technology behind MRI

11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.30 MARCO CATTANEO (Le Scienze/Mente&Cervello)

The Italian version of Scientific American’s “Mind”: a success story

12.30 CONNIE ST.LOUIS (BBC, City University London)

Science Writing in the UK

13.30 LUNCH

15:00 SILVIA BENCIVELLI (RAI)

Writing a book (“Brain on music”)

16.00 DANIELA OVADIA (Zoe, Niguarda Hospital)

Finding sources on neuroimaging

17.00 COFFEE BREAK

17.30 FABIO PAGAN (RAI) – CONNIE ST.LOUIS (BBC, City University London) – SILVIA BENCIVELLI (RAI)

Science and the radio

19.30 FINAL DISCUSSION

Monday May 27th 2013

9:00 ARNO VILLRINGER – Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science

The frontiers of knowing ourselves – 2

10.00 JOHN WOMERSLEY – UK Science and Technology Facilities Council

From Dirac equation to MRI

11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.30 MO COSTANDI (Neurophilosophy/The Guardian)

Blogging about the brain

12.30 ROUND TABLE (Costandi/Womersley/StLouis mod: Cattaneo)

The role of science journalists

13.30 LUNCH

15:00 DANIELA OVADIA (Agency Zoe, Niguarda Hospital)

fMRI and coma through the headlines: writing about controversial topics in a balanced way (workshop)

17.00 COFFEE BREAK

17.30 FABIOLA GIANOTTI (CERN, ATLAS)

The discovery of the Higgs

18.30 MARCO CATTANEO (Le Scienze/Mente&Cervello)

The Higgs in the media

19.30 FINAL DISCUSSION

Tuesday May 28th 2013

9:00 ARNO VILLRINGER – Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science

The frontiers of knowing ourselves – 3

10.00 NICLA PANCIERA (CIMEC, Rovereto)

Promoting neuroscience research in the media

11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.30 BARBARA BOTTALICO (Neuroscience and Law Uni Pavia)

Imaging in the courts: the pitfalls for the media

12.30 BEATRICE MAUTINO (Codice/Genoa Science Festival)

Exhibiting the Brain

13.30 LUNCH

15:00 FRED BALVERT / SOUAD ZGAOUI (Erasmus MC)

Helping a productive relationship between scientists and journalists (workshop)

17.00 COFFEE BREAK

17.30 FRED BALVERT / SOUAD ZGAOUI (Erasmus MC)

Helping a productive relationship between scientists and journalists (workshop)

18.30 FABIO TURONE (Zoe, Science Writers in Italy)

Concluding remarks and final discussion

Wednesday May 29th

Departure of participants

Fellowships are available to enable young journalists and communicators from EU countries to attend.

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