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Macon, the new master in Nature and Landscape Communication


The course of studies, promoted by University of Insubria in collaboration with Edmund Mach Foundation in S. Michele all’Adige, MUSE – Science Museum of Trento and Istituto Oikos, will be starting in October 2018. Lectures and laboratories will take place in Varese and Trento

MaCoN, a new course of studies that aims at training professionals in the field of communication for nature and landscape, was born from the idea to develop a teaching offer able to train experts in different fields, but also complementary and more and more needed and requested today. Therefore, it is addressed to two professional figures: on the one hand communication operators that are willing to get specific skills in the naturalistic field; on the other hand those who are already in natural sciences and are also interested in getting the necessary skills to effectively communicate their own work.
This new educational plan, promoted by University of Insubria in collaboration with Edmund Mach Foundation in S. Michele all’Adige, MUSE – Science Museum of Trento and Istituto Oikos, follows a multidisciplinary approach, which is necessary in order to understand the complex dynamics of the environment and their interactions with human activity. Lectures will deepen themes such as promotion and enhancement of the territory, environmental education, web journalism and local institutions governance, and will be supported by practical laboratories, in Varese and in Trentino. The structure of the course is made of two introductive modules in class, in order to provide the basic expertise as far as Ecology and Conservation Biology (Module A) and Theories and techniques of Communication (Module B) are concerned. Module A lessons will take place in Varese, at the University of Insubria, and in Trentino at the Edmund Mach Foundation and Muse, while the Module B lessons will be held in Varese. Every lesson will be transmitted through a video conference between Varese and FEM in S. Michele all’ Adige. The four following modules are dedicated to practical activities, in collaboration with entities of the territory, and discuss themes like: Communicating biodiversity, Languages and storytelling of nature, Communication tools and environmental education, Communication strategies and participatory processes.
The courses will be starting in October 2018 and the class will have 30 participants maximum. The enrolment does not include an entrance exam, however, if the subscriptions will be more than 30, the Master Educational Commission will consider the qualifications and curricula sent by the students at the moment of subscription to select the candidates. 
The programme includes 1500 hours for the activities (60 CFU) distribuited throughout one year. They are divided according to the following structure: 152 hours for the lectures; 320 hours for the practical exercises training; 16 hours for the safety training; the remaining hours are left for the personal commitment of the student, for both personal study and writing the final dissertation (including project work and final test). The subscription fee is € 3,250 for each participant, to be deposited after the enrolment.
The programme of the Master is available at this link. To have more information you can write an email to master.macon@uninsubria.it.

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