On 27 January 2017, for the third time in the Copernicus Science Centre, we had the pleasure of observing the sparks of cooperation flying among science journalists and scientists. We opened another edition of Science Advocates — a programme that involves loose cooperation of these two professional groups. As always, the team is strong and, surely, they will surprise us.
The Science Advocates programme is about an encounter of two environments and initiating more frequent exchange of information, thoughts and inspirations between them. During the meeting, it became very clear that what matters for both groups — apart from passion for genuine science — is the need to combat scientific lies that are becoming increasingly common in today’s world.
Since the programme’s first edition, we have seen the rise of such initiatives in the following forms: interviews of scientists by scientists (Polish Press Agency), live broadcast of science events from abroad (for TV Polsat), a scientist becoming a permanent website staff member (Crazy Nauka). We know for sure that also this time the results of the programme participants’ cooperation will surprise and amaze us.
This year, for the first time, we have invited scientists from outside FameLab (a competition for scientists-popularisers, organised by the CSC together with the British Council) — and we were joined by scientists involved in other Copernicus’ programmes, such as Lates 18+, Meeting with a scientist in the Planetarium or science-espresso organised during the Citizens in medicine exhibition. This allowed us to expand our activities to new areas of science, on top of exact sciences. The Science Advocates programme now includes the representatives of sociology, psychology and cultural anthropology.
The 3rd edition of Science Advocates featured:
Katarzyna Burda, Newsweek
Piotr Cieśliński, Gazeta Wyborcza
Marcin Rotkiewicz, Polityka
Aleksandra i Piotr Stanisławscy, Crazy Nauka
Łukasz Kwiatek, Tygodnik Powszechny
Ewelina Krajczyńska, PAP Nauka w Polsce
Ewelina Karpacz-Oboładze, redakcja reportażu i dokumentu Polskiego Radia
Piotr Kościelniak, Rzeczpospolita
Wojtek Brzeziński, Polsat, Horyzont Zdarzeń
Joanna Kreczko-Kurzawa Scientifically interested in analgesic agents, analysis of food composition and falsification, and chemistry of ceramic glaze.
dr hab. Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz Professionally deals with anthropology of medicine, especially new reproduction technologies, and childhood studies.
Inna Uwarowa Space system engineer. Constructs satellites.
Michał Krupiński Physicist. Professionally interested in magnetic materials and nanostructures.
dr Szymon Drobniak Evolutionary biologist. Researches the field of sex evolution, sexual selection, as well as colour and its perception.
Paweł J. Mazurkiewicz Psychologist and biologist, researcher of social insect behaviour.
Jakub Lewicki Works on 3-D bioprinting and creating live mini-brains.
dr inż. Anna Wierzbicka Studies moss mites, knows how not to be afraid of ticks and stay safe from borreliosis.
Marcin Zastawnik Acoustician. Creator of the popular science YT channel about acoustics www.yt.propersound.pl.
Anna Łosiak Planetary geologist specialising in studies of impact craters and water on Mars.
dr hab. Piotr Wasylczyk Builds lasers and constructs light-powered microrobots, and works on trapping small objects, such as blood cells, with light.
dr Monika Aksamit-Koperska Specialist in conservation chemistry, the field of chemistry devoted to conservation and maintenance of broadly understood cultural heritage, from the most precious works of art to library stocks.
prof. dr hab. n.med. Jakub Fichna Looks for new therapies for irritable bowel syndrome, non-specific inflammatory bowel diseases and gastrointestinal cancers.
Dariusz Aksamit Medical physicist. Works on applications of ionising radiation in medicine, radiation measurements, and radiation protection.
dr Magdalena Kulma Professionally deals with toxins, or to be more precise: with the mechanism of activity of toxic proteins from different organisms, which are dangerous for humans.
dr Teresa Brodniewicz Biologist. Expert in clinical trials.
dr Paweł Szczęsny Bio-IT specialist. Works on molecular principles of diseases and translating this knowledge into a mobile warning device anyone could carry on their arm or leg.
Lidia Stępińska-Ustasiak Specialises in the exchange of expert knowledge between science, business and public administration.
Wojciech Grabczan Medical doctor. Specialises in lung diseases.
dr Jakub Milczarek Chemist analyst. Specialises in forensics and conservation chemistry.