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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Giovanni Spitale Accepted to Swissnex San Francisco Science Communication Bootcamp to Develop Graphic Novel on Pandemic Ethics

Giovanni Spitale, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich's Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), is heading to San Francisco to participate in the "Immersion to Action: Science Communication Bootcamp" organized by Swissnex San Francisco. This opportunity will enhance Giovanni's science communication skills and support the development of an intriguing project he is leading.

With support from an AGORA grant, Giovanni is collaborating with Generation Z citizen scientists, bioethicists, and designers to create a graphic novel that explores the ethical aspects of pandemic management. Based on rigorous research from the University of Zurich, the novel tackles topics such as respect, solidarity, autonomy, and fair resource allocation during public health crises.

During his time in San Francisco, Giovanni will focus on developing a comprehensive distribution strategy for the graphic novel. The science communication bootcamp organized by Swissnex will provide valuable opportunities to learn from international professionals and explore potential publishers in the United States and beyond. Additionally, showcasing the University of Zurich's work in this field will foster collaboration and highlight relevant contributions to science communication.

The goal of Giovanni's activities is to raise awareness and understanding of bioethical issues in everyday life, contributing to societal resilience in handling public health crises. Through evaluating the novel's impact and reception, Giovanni plans to assess the effectiveness of this communication approach, potentially paving the way for future projects on diverse bioethical topics.

The "Immersion to Action: Science Communication Bootcamp" is a transformative program organized by Swissnex to support talents in science journalism and multimedia storytelling. It offers participants the opportunity to develop innovative ideas and models for engaging experiences centered around science and society.

Swissnex, an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, aims to connect and empower the next generation of innovators. The bootcamp provides fellows with mentorship, visibility, and financial aid to further their science communication endeavors.

Giovanni's participation in the bootcamp exemplifies the IBME’s and the University of Zurich's commitment to impactful and open science communication, fostering understanding and resilience in the face of bioethical challenges.