3rd BIST Postdoctoral Day: Staying Connected

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The BIST Postdoctoral Day is a biennial event organised by postdocs for postdocs. It brings together postdoctoral researchers from all BIST centres to connect, share, and build a community with common interests.

This year’s event is a three-part seminar series focused on the theme of (Re)connecting Science and Society. Through these postdoc-tailored online seminars, you will have the chance to develop key communication skills needed to effectively communicate your science through cutting edge virtual platforms, in the political arena, and in the context of competitive grant application processes.

Specifically, seminars will cover three topics: 1) Efficient science communication: from art design online to leveraging YouTube, 2) Science communication to a general audience and in the political arena, and 3) How to build successful grant application.

All postdoctoral researchers working at BIST centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona) are encouraged to attend.


Seminar 2

Science & Diplomacy in the world to come

Science and Diplomacy represent two of the most relevant and intensively scrutinised disciplines of the moment. The intimate connections that link the two are relevant across a multitude of forums, institutions and contemporary problems. Scientific prowess, on one hand, acts as a direct proxy for power and influence in a world where the United States, China, Russia or the European Union compete based on their respective foreign policy decisions. Nonetheless, science also offers an avenue for dialogue that is agnostic to political ideologies, thus providing a powerful tool for cooperation in a divided world. More broadly, the essential cross talk between science and the political arena has been particularly evident in context of the ongoing crisis of COVID-19. Here, mixed messaging, fake news and weak strategy have compounded to prevent robust communication of current scientific knowledge to and from our politicians.


  • Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez, International Communication and Media Policy Professor, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

In his talk, Professor Manfredi Sánchez will explore the concept of science-driven diplomacy and its increasing relevance in modern international relations. In particular, he will focus on the role of cities in creating science-friendly environments that offer diplomatic possibilities – with the example of Barcelona as a model for bringing together investments, research networks and institutional support. He will then take a broader perspective to discuss science communication into and from the political sphere, considering what has been done correctly and incorrectly in the current crisis, and what lessons we can learn moving forward.


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