This networking and training project benefits not only scientists and journalists, but also society. They learn how to communicate research results and participate in the public debate, while gaining new sources of knowledge and the opportunity to work with experts who know the specifics of the media, thus bringing science closer to the public and making it more comprehensible more efficiently.
The program was created in 2014. Initially, it was implemented only in Warsaw. In 2017, advocates from the Science Advocates Association went on a tour around Poland. In 2022, meetings are organized in several university cities such as: the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, the University of Life Sciences in Poznan, the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, and the Jagiellonian University.
ZUT joined the project "The Spokesmen of Science on the road - meetings of scientists with journalists" on 6 December 2018. The results of these meetings are impressive. Thanks to the exchange of information between scientists and journalists, numerous articles, interviews, radio, and TV programs with the participation of our university experts have been produced - said Professor Jacek Wróbel, Rector of ZUT.
In this year's scientific speed dating participated 11 ZUT researchers:
Dawid Dawidowicz (Faculty of Economics), Paula Ossowicz-Rupniewska (Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering), Daria Możdrzeń (Faculty of Maritime Technology and Transport), Magdalena Zdanowicz and Łukasz Łopusiewicz (Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries), Jarosław Błyszko (Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering), Grzegorz Psuj (Faculty of Electrical Engineering), Łukasz Marchewka, (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics), Piotr Bartków (Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology), Adam Lepczyński (Faculty of Biotechnology and Animal Husbandry), Piotr Niezgoda (Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture)
and 8 local journalists: Dawid Siwek (RMF MAXXX Szczecin), Małgorzata Miszczuk (Polish Press Agency), Aneta Łuczkowska (RMF FM), Anna Nosalska (Polsat News), Matylda Rozpędek (Radio Szczecin), Grzegorz Kluczyński (Super Express), Mateusz Rzepecki (Radio Eska Szczecin) and Rafał Molenda (independent journalist Projekt wolność - REM Production).
The formula of scientific speed dating is 5-minute conversations of each scientist with each journalist. During this time, the scientist talks about his research in such a way as to interest the journalist. The product of the endeavour will be popular science publications - explains Mateusz Lipka, ZUT spokesman.