“How to make science more engaging and sociable?”

Transform4Europe Training & Experiences Sharing Session

“How to make science more engaging and sociable?”

We invite academic staff, researchers and PhD students of Transform4Europe universities to participate in the Training & Experiences Sharing Session “How to make science more engaging and sociable?”. The online training will be held on April 15, 9.00–15.45 CET (MS TEAMS).

The session consists of two parts. The first part is dedicated to citizen science and will focus on the presentation of its concept and main principles, limitations and problems that could be encountered during citizen sciences projects. The trainers also will share their exemplary experiences in implementing citizen science projects or related activities in different countries and universities.

The second part is dedicated to improving science communication competencies. The program comprises theoretical and practical approaches, covering topics such as the complexity of science communication, ethics in the field, navigating visual misinformation, and utilizing social media tools for effective communication. Led by experts from various institutions, the program aims to enhance participants’ skills in conveying scientific information and navigating the challenges of communication in today’s diverse media landscape.

The reminder about upcoming The Training & Experiences Sharing Session  together with login reference will be sent to all registered participants approximately 3–5 days before the event. The Training & Experiences Sharing Session will be recorded.

The programme times are Central European Time. You can convert the times for your location here: https://greenwichmeantime.com/time/to/cet-local



Moderated by Tomas Berkmanas, Associate Professor

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


9.00–9.45 CET

Citizen Science in Practice: Ecosystem Approach

Eglė Butkevičienė, Professor

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania


9.45–10.15 CET

Exploring the Role of Private Natural History Collections in Citizen Science: Opportunities and Challenges

Veljo Runnel, Citizen Science Expert

University of Tartu, Estonia


10.15–10.45 CET

Transferable Experiences and Lessons Learnt from Citizen Science Project on Wildlife Conservation

Elena Buzan, Professor

University of Primorska, Slovenia


10.45–11.00 CET

Citizen Science Q & A


11.00–12.00 CET

Lunch Break



Moderated by Austė Aleksandravičiūtė-Šviažienė, Science Communication Specialist, Lecturer

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


12.00–12.45 CET

The Complexity of Science Communication

Austė Aleksandravičiūtė-Šviažienė, Science Communication Specialist, Lecturer

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania


This lecture aims to delve into the intricacies of science communication, exploring the multifaceted challenges and nuances inherent in conveying scientific concepts to diverse audiences.


12.45–13.30 CET

Ethics of Science Communication

Tomaž Grušovnik, Associate Professor

University of Primorska, Slovenia


The lecture will introduce the audience to the basics of ethical reflection and explain important virtues in science communication: truthfulness, objectivity, courage, etc.


13.30–13.45 CET



13.45–14.45 CET

Navigating the Landscape of Visual Misinformation (Lecture/Seminar)

Kert Viiart, Associate Professor, Graphic Designer and Visual Artist

Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia


As images and videos continue to be potent tools for disseminating information, the responsibility to promote accuracy and truth in visual communication becomes imperative in navigating the complex landscape of contemporary media.


14.45–15.45 CET

Social Media Tools for Science Communication (Workshop)

Karin Marinič, Digital Communications Editor & Amy Simmons, Assistant Researcher

University of Primorska, Slovenia


This workshop will discuss practical ways to create engaging and accessible science communication. Lecturers will share tips and tricks for effective & creative communication on social media.