Framing Science Goes to Venice, Italy
Tonight I board a plane for Venice, Italy where I will be presenting as part of an expert workshop on science communication, sponsored by the EU, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, observa Science in Society, and the University of Trent.
Some of the top European researchers in the field will be at the workshop, so I hope to be able to report on innovative ideas and themes from the two day event. And for those that read Italian, I have an op-ed appearing in tomorrow's edition of La Stampa, focusing on new directions in science communication. More on that to come.
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- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
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The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
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- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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