It’s hot because the weather is great, it’s STEAMy because there are 46 participants from more than 10 countries taking part in the STEAM science communication summer school between the 13–22 July in Cleves (Germany). This transcultural project is a collaboration with CREATIONS—a EU funded project that creatively takes science into schools.
The STEM approach
STEAM stands for an educational approach that includes «Arts» into the classical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The summer school gives an insight into the most important and up-to-date topics of science communication. Participants learn and discuss about applying dialogue techniques, organising events, using journalistic tools, managing social media, working with policy makers, speaking in public, and, of course, uniting arts and sciences.
Powerful networking hub
The diverse background of participants and speakers makes STEAM a powerful networking hub. They openly share their experiences and opinions, establish new cooperations, and develop their creativity and communication skills. Many participants consider STEAM Summer School to be a valuable opportunity to learn about professional science communication and possible career options, become more confident in their current jobs and meet people with the same interests—an inspiring experience.
In addition to hands-on experiments and insightful lectures, participants take part in many social and public engagement events. Science and Cinema, FameLab, Bright Club (science and comedy) and a field trip to the science museum NEMO in Amsterdam make learning about science communication even more practical and inspiring.
STEAM is a result of a collaboration between the University of Malta, European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations, Haaga-Helia University, Rhine-Waal University, Science View, and University of Edinburgh. The summer school is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. This year, STEAM is hosted by Rhine-Waal University (Germany). The summer school has brought together prominent speakers: Alexander Gerber (Professor and Course Director for Science Communication), Heather Rea (Project Leader of the Beltane Public Engagement Network), Edward Duca (Think Magazine Editor, Science in the City Malta Festival Manager and Innovation Communication Lecturer), Silvia Verdolini (EU Project Officer for Science Communication), Menelaos Sotiriou (Editor of the Research Magazine E&T), Elizabeth Stevenson (Programme Director for Science Communication and Public Engagement), Satu Lipponen (Emeritus President of EUSJA), Bernd Müller (Journalist Consultant and Science Communication Lecturer), and Theoni Charalampidou (Administrative Management of European Projects and E&T Online Magazine). The speakers are renowned experts in science communication research, science journalism and project and event management.