The IIASA Science Communication Fellowship, established in 2016, provides the opportunity for one to two early-career science communicators to gain hands-on experience in the IIASA Communications Department each summer.
IIASA research focuses on complex global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. These research findings provide important input to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. And science communication helps provide the bridge between researchers, policymakers, and the general public.
Working as part of the IIASA Communications Department, the fellows gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience through a variety of platforms including blogs, the website, and the IIASA magazine, Options. Fellows assist with a variety of tasks including editorial work, website maintenance, media relations, event coverage, social media, and other communication activities.
Science Communication Fellows also work closely with participants in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program, producing several pieces of work covering research from the program.
The fellowship runs from June to August, and provides a modest stipend for living expenses as well as travel costs. The application period for the 2019 fellowship will open in autumn 2018.
Luiza Toledo has an MSc in Public Health and Environment from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) with a background in climate change, biodiversity, and vector-borne diseases. She believes that science communication is the pathway to helping people understand what is happening to the planet and inspire action for a change. IIASA blog posts by Luiza Toledo
Sandra Ortellado is a Stanford graduate in Human Biology with a Notation in Science Communication. With a background in journalism, physiology, and elite athletics, she will be pursuing a Master of Public Health and working in health communication for behavior change. IIASA blog posts by Sandra Ortellado
Melina Filzinger has an MSc in physics from Heidelberg University in Germany. Her scientific background is in experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics and she has a passion for science communication. IIASA blog posts by Melina Filzinger
Caroline Njoki is a MSc Mass Communication student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya. She has a background in environmental science and wildlife management where her interest in science communication was sparked. IIASA blog posts by Caroline Njoki
Parul Tewari has been working in the field of environmental communication and advocacy in India. She worked with the media wing of a public interest research and advocacy organization called Centre for Science and Environment, based in New Delhi. IIASA blog posts by Parul Tewari
Anneke Brand is a postdoctoral researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she is doing research in public health, and writes about science in her free time. IIASA blog posts by Anneke Brand | Testimonial
Last edited: 10 October 2019
Science Communication Fellow
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The IIASA research blog creates a space for conversation with the broader IIASA community, policymakers, and general public.
Options Magazine presents IIASA and its latest research for a non-specialist audience.
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