Similar to many other countries, Chile faces a scientific and informational literacy gap. Two years ago, the Chilean group EtilMercurio identified the challenge and started to bridge the void by tackling scientific misinformation and misconceptions and reviving social interest about important and current scientific topics.
This multidisciplinary group is working by dissecting current subjects with a rigorous scientific approach, ‘digesting’ the information – often difficult to fully grasp – and translating it into short, simple, pragmatic concepts to facilitate their comprehension to a wider public.
The aim is to share information in an accurate and objective way, with peer-reviewed references and citations, providing food for thought and motivating critical thinking in different stakeholder groups, especially decision-makers and citizens.
But they have also created a special ‘formula’: giving a humoristic slant to their articles and posts, featuring memes and GIFs. This has turned out to be a successful strategy to engage interest and make science a more accessible, pleasant and intriguing subject of discussion.
Their active role in communication and popularisation of science have made EtilMercurio an important voice in both local and national scientific debates, from vaccination policies to the current abortion law, and recently drawing the international attention to a case of ethics of science.
Through their website and social media, the group has created a new and innovative way to share knowledge, empowering individuals to make informed choices and reformulating the scientific dialogue in a participative and democratic way.
The annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week will be celebrated this year from 24 to 31 October 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania under the theme “Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers”.
Topics for papers and presentations should be within the fields of MIL and their connection to MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people.
The organisers are particularly interested in the multiple literacies and stakeholders, youth critical civic engagement, creative and sustainable cities, voter education, informed citizenry and online participation, freedom of expression, media pluralism, diversity, dialogue, and tolerance. A full list of sub-themes can be found here and detailed rationale here.
In addition to the Feature Conference, Global MIL Week 2018 also features a Youth Agenda Forum to take place on 26 October at the University of Latvia in Riga.
Follow the Global MIL Week 2018 official website for updates.
Public and private funded projects, non-governmental and governmental organisations, companies, universities and schools active in STEM education are invited to join the call for action for the STEM Discovery Week 2018
The tagline for this year’s campaign is “say yes to STEM”.
On 12 April, The Wiki Project Med Foundation, Internet-in-a-Box, HealthPhone and Children for Health announced the launch of an offline distribution system developed to deliver life-saving medical and healthcare information to people seeking to care for themselves and their families, particularly in low-resource settings where there is no, or inadequate, contact with trained, well-informed health workers.
This latest Internet-in-a-Box compilation is geared specifically to South Asia and contains:
The Medical and Health Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) South Asia Edition device is “a complete single-board computer with an in-built Wi-Fi hotspot that allows for easy distribution of information in places where access to the Internet is limited, controlled, not affordable or simply unavailable. Within a range of 50 to 100 meters, up to 32 people at any one time can connect to the device with a mobile phone or computer to access and download its content, free of any charge. It also functions as a mini app store in that those connected to it can download and install a number of offline apps. IIAB does not offer a connection to the Internet or to content beyond that stored in the Box itself.
Full details including an order form (please note costs of the hardware, taxes and shipping Indian Rupee 1,999/ US$30)
Further information on the Internet-in-a-Box (IIAB) programme , which also includes:
Main article: Internet-in-a-Box/Content
Future editions include:
On 6 April 2018, the Information Literacy Group of the UK's library and information association CILIP launched their new definition of Information Literacy:
"Information Literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society".
Updating the 2005 version, the Group aimed to make the new definition more ambitious and better reflecting the role of information literacy in society.
A brochure exploring what information literacy means in different contexts is available to download.
Second Call for papers issued. Conference main themes and topics include:
Abstract submission deadline: 04 May 2018
Notification of abstracts acceptance: 14 May 2018
Full Paper submission deadline: 01 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 08 June 2018
Dissemination of final programme by: 10 June 2018
Abstracts & papers are to be sent on: email@example.com
Contact: Padraig Kirby M.A., Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland
UNESCO and The L'Oréal Foundation have selected five outstanding women scientists from Argentina, Canada, China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to receive the 2018 Women in Science Awards in life sciences on 22 March in Paris.
Professor Heather ZAR , South Africa, “For establishing a cutting-edge research program in pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide.”
Professor Meemann CHANG, China “For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to life on land.”
Professor Caroline DEAN, United Kingdom “For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement.”
Professor Amy T. AUSTIN, Argentina “For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes.”
Professor Janet ROSSANT, Canada “For her outstanding research that helped us to better understand how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo.”
The SAWBO animation library now includes over 70 video topics across Agriculture, Economics, Health, and Women’s Empowerment in over 100 languages, and in numerous file formats (for TV stations, computers, cell phones, overhead projection systems, etc.).
SAWBO has recently loaded the complete library, as of Spring 2018 approx. 600GB, onto hard drives to send to programs that are setting up offline computer services in developing nation countries, so that users and potential users can access the animations from their local facilities.
If you are associated with a program or know of a program, which can use SAWBO’s complete library, please contact SAWBO (or have them make contact) at firstname.lastname@example.org. SAWBO are delighted to share their whole animation library so you, or they, can share it with others.
The aim of the pilot project was to assess and evaluate the impact of a series of health education classes and clinic interventions in Udaya, Kerala as a mechanism to improve the health literacy of women in a slum community.
Overall, the methodical process of the project and lessons learnt during and from the pilot have been valuable. Of the those whom attended the available services, the majority of women who attended the clinic appear to have gained more understanding of the chosen topics than those who attended the classes. There was also a marked improvement in the numbers of women in the control group who gained understanding of topics pre and post the provision of services in their community, despite not having attended either clinic or class. The team concluded that women discuss and pass on information between them in communities and therefore transmission of information had taken place between women who came to the clinic and classes and those who did not.
The findings of the services provided and interaction with women during health classes have enabled the Keralan, NGO, Birth for Change (BfC) to move forward with a more focused view for the South Indian population of women. They are also able to re-affirm the need for a strategic approach to address maternal health issues especially for younger women, those who access government health facilities and those in rural areas with poor access to services.