Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

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Ayelet Baram-Tsabari is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Head of the “Applied Science Communication” research group. She has founded the Israeli Science Communication Conference series, and served as an elected member of the scientific committee of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network (PCST, 2016-2021), which aims to improve science communication worldwide.

Ayelet’s research focuses on bridging science education and science communication scholarship, asking in what ways do science education support public engagement with science in adult life, and supporting scientists in becoming effective science communicators.

Ayelet was a member of the Advisory Board for the US National Academy of Sciences’ LabX public engagement program, was elected member of the Israel Young Academy (2016-2020), and served as Chairwoman of its Communication Committee. She is also a member of the Israeli Center of Research Excellence on “Taking Citizen Science to School,” among other professional activities.

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Science Communication MOOC on edX

Israel (Haifa)

This course explains why science communication is important and what it looks like in practice. It will teach you the basic concepts and fundamental skills you need to master science communication yourself. The course explores research-based, practical ideas and inspiring stories from the field based on conversations with over fifty expert interviewees worldwide, including best-selling popular science authors and leading science communication researchers. Our list of over 50 distinguished experts includes:

  • Prof. Neil Shubin, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and author of Your Inner Fish
  • Dr. Simon Singh, physicist, and author of Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • Clare Matterson, Executive Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, London
  • Prof. Bruce Lewenstein, founding member of the science communication scholarly community and former editor of Public Understanding of Science
  • Prof. Baruch Fischhoff, a world-renowned authority on risk communication and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Keren Landsman, physician-epidemiologist and author of fantasy novel The Heart of the Circle

Who would benefit from this course?

  • Scientists, STEM professionals, and graduate students in STEM and science communication;
  • Teachers and informal science educators;
  • Science communicators, including journalists, public information officers, museum curators, and other Content producers;
  • Anyone seeking to develop their science communication skillset to advance their career;
  • Anyone interested in the relationship between science and society in the 21st century.

After completing the readings, watching over 20 hours of video, and working on your assignments including your very own interview with a scientist you will be well on your way to becoming an effective science communicator. If you are interested in advancing your career, you’ll have a portfolio to showcase your skills in science communication upon completing the course.

The online learning modules were developed following a course taught for over a decade at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology by Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari.

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