Erice, Italy – On October 8th, the historic headquarters of the Ettore Foundation, will host the opening of the 11th edition of the Erice School of Science Communication and Journalism. This year’s program of the school is entirely dedicated to the themes of Artificial Intelligence, Supercomputing, and Quantum Computing, which are crucial fields of research and technological development for the society of the future and have become increasingly central to scientific and cultural debates. The course, funded by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), also marks the beginning of a collaboration with Nature Italy. It will feature the participation of ICSC – Italian Research Center on HPC, Big Data, and Quantum Computing. ICSC will contribute to the 2023 educational offerings of the school with two lectures by Antonio Zoccoli, in dual role of INFN and ICSC President, and Davide Salomoni, Innovation Manager at the ICSC Foundation.

The Erice School offers scholarships for young journalists and science communicators from around the world. The program includes lectures and workshops conducted in English by experts from the scientific, journalistic, and science communication fields. Each year, the school focuses on in-depth exploration and development of a different current topic in science and journalism.

The scientific program will kick off with Antonio Zoccoli’s lecture dedicated to “The Big Data Society” and will deal with topics such as supercomputing, where Italy is at the forefront thanks ICSC National Center, artificial intelligence and its applications, quantum physics, and the development of quantum technologies. On October 9th, Davide Salomoni will concentrate on the theme of “Supercomputing Centers and Their Relationship with Big Science.”

The program dedicated to science communication and journalism will explore various aspects of scientific communication, including language and communication formats. Topics covered will include visual communication, podcasting, the use of GPT chatbots, institutional communication, and the use of virtual reality in science dissemination.

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