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New technologies for scientific communication
Prof.Claudio Manna

podcasting2Scientific communication is experiencing new possibilities of widespread diffusion since new technologies of communication are now available for everybody. This revolution  is mainly based on internet with the help of other platforms such as satellite that is   becoming  progressively less expensive. Historically one of the  first breakthrough was just in scientific production of reproductive medicine when Robert Edwards founded Reproductive Biomedicine Online. The possibility of reading scientific papers on personal computers everywhere at any moment together with the impressive speed with which  papers were pubblished represented a real progress. Web sites of journals and scientific societies are becaming the space of quick , widespread and interactive debates .  Also congresses , meetings and courses are now possible without  the physical presences of partecipants as recently demonstrated  by the recent virtual event on surgical gynecological  course organized by Souzanne Mubarak Center on Women Health and a UK university .  In this case satellite and internet were used synergically considering that high speed internet facilities  are not available with the same extension in all countries. Another experience conducted during the  last Meeting of MSRM in Florence demonstrated that it was feasible to load presentations in internet  and after one hour the same speaker (Luca Gianaroli at that moment) could answer on the web the email questions sent by virtual partecipants to the event. Now the direct webcasting without any delay is also feasible with a certain ease and reasonable costs. Logical consequences of these advancements are the massive virtual and interactive   partecipation to scientific events with a significative reduction of costs and increase in the number of partecipants. On the other hand we are actually realizing  a certain decrease of partecipation to some scientific event not only for economic reasons but also for the less and less time  doctors and biologists are ready to invest. Naturally the direct partecipation to usual forms of congresses and course will be always important for personal interaction. However adding these new  technologycal opportunities is probably wellcome by everybody.


This MSRM Newsletter wishes to open some of these possibilities thanks also to your interactive partecipation (). We also wish to thank Real Communication, the company  that is assisting us  for the  technologies involved in this new enterprise.

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