28th AMIC Annual Conference
Science Communication: Managing the Now and the Future
20 and 27 November & 4 December 2021

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM (As of 18 November 2021)
*Times in UTC+8:00 Singapore Standard Time
Schedule may be subject to change.
Please check the 2021conference.amic.asia for updates.

DAY 1 - 20 November 2021
14:00 – 14:20
14:20 – 14:30
Welcome Remarks
Crispin C. Maslog, PhD
Chairperson, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) 
Board of Directors

Pham Minh Son, PhD
Academy of Journalism and Communication
14:30 – 14:32
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
14:32 – 14:42
Keynote Speech
Audrey Azoulay
Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
14:42 - 15:00
Keynote Speech
Noam Chomsky, PhD
Laureate Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
15:00 - 15:15
Conference Overview

Prof. Ramon R. Tuazon
Secretary General, AMIC
15:15 - 16:30
PLENARY SESSION 1: AMIC Distinguished Forum –
AMIC @ 50: What We Have Done, What We Can Still Do

Session Moderator
Arun Mahizhnan
Special Research Adviser, Institute of Policy Studies
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
Session 1 
Plenary Speakers
Crispin C. Maslog, PhD
Chairman, Board of Directors
Asian Media Information & Communication Centre
Sadia Jamil, PhD
Chairperson, Journalism Research and Education Section,
International Association of Media and Communication Research
Martin Hadlow, PhD
Former Secretary General, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)
Former UNESCO Director
15:15 - 16:30

Parallel Session A: Science Communication Theories, 
Models and Frameworks
Parallel Session B: Science and the Mass Media: Enduring Legacies, 

New Challenges
Parallel Session C: Science Communication Education: Now and Forever
Parallel Session D: Science Communication Strategies and Practices

18:30 –20:00
PLENARY SESSION 2: Asian Youth Voices on Communicating Science
Session Moderator
Dr. Daniel Mahadzir
Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Youth UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN)
Session 2 
Plenary Speakers
Jeff Canoy
Journalist, ABS-CBN News (Philippines)
Meng Wang
Senior Geologist in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President, Young Earth Scientists (YES) Network
Young UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN)
Nina Trang Nguyen
Guest lecturer, Academy of Journalism and Communication
Multimedia Journalists and Strategic designer, UX researcher, and design thinking facilitator
Communications and Marketing Senior Manager, VinFuture Prize Foundation
Kulsoom Siddiqui
Partnership and External Affairs
United Nations Association of Pakistan (UNAP)
Young UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN)
20:00 – 20:15
Conference Reminders
Art and Cultural Presentation

DAY 2 - 27 November 2021
13:43 – 13:45
Introduction of Keynote Speaker
13:45 – 14:00
Keynote Speech

Hon. Fortunato T. de la Peña, PhD
Secretary, Philippine Department of Science and Technology
14:00 - 15:00
PLENARY SESSION 3: Communicating the COVID-19 Pandemic: 
The Vietnam Story

Session Moderator
Vu Thanh Van, PhD
Senior Lecturer and Director
Department of International Cooperation
Academy of Journalism and Communication (Vietnam)
Session 3 
Plenary Speakers
Le Tran Thuy
Director, Center for Media and Development
Vu Thanh Van, PhD
Senior Lecturer and Director
Department of International Cooperation
Academy of Journalism and Communication (Vietnam)
Long Nguyen, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Professional Communication
School of Communication & Design (SCD)
RMIT Vietnam
15:00 – 17:00

Parallel Session F: Science Communication in the ICT Ecosystem: 

The New Public Sphere
Parallel Session H: Climate Change: Communicating for the Future
Parallel Session I1: Media and Information Literacy: Think Critically, 

Click Wisely
Parallel Session I2: Media and Information Literacy: Think Critically, 

Click Wisely (Focus on Digital Literacy)
Parallel Session J1: Inoculating the Disinfodemic: Challenges to 

Parallel Session J2/J3: News Media Coverage and Public Information Campaigns on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Pluses and Minuses
Parallel Session J4: Social Media and the Pandemic: Searching for 

Truth, Discerning Lies

17:00 - 18:30
PLENARY SESSION 4: Science Communication in Social Media:
Information Order or Disorder?

Session Moderator
Dorien Kartikawangi, PhD
Associate Professor
Head, School of Communication
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
Session 4 
Plenary Speakers
Cheryll Ruth Soriano, PhD
Professor, Department of Communication
Research Fellow, La Salle Institute of Governance
De La Salle University (DLSU)
Masato Kajimoto, PhD
Associate Professor of Practice at Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Asian Network of News and Information Educators (ANNIE)
Mohamed N. El-Guindy, PhD
Digital Transformation Expert at ‎Egyptian Public Prosecution
Cybercrime Expert, Faculty of Law
The British University in Egypt
Ginny Smith
Science communicator
Founder of Braintastic! Science
Conference Reminders
DAY 3 - 04 DECEMBER 2021
14:00 –15:30
PLENARY SESSION 5: Climate Change: From Inconvenient Truth
to Incontrovertible Fact

Session Moderator
Flordeliz L. Abanto
Board Member, Philippine Communication Society
Coordinator for Instructional Video, Far Eastern University
Founding Member, Philippine Academic Society for Climate 
and Disaster Resilience
Session 5 
Plenary Speakers
Jonathan Lynn
Head, Communications and Media Relations
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Jan Servaes, PhD
Former UNESCO Chair, Communication for Sustainable Development
Mohan Dutta, PhD
Dean’s Chair Professor in Communication
School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing
Massey University, New Zealand
Director, Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE)
15:30 –17:30

Parallel Session N: Online Education in the Pandemic Setting
Parallel Session O1: Environment Communication: Sustainable Strategies that Work
Parallel Session O2: Agriculture Communication: Harvesting Strategies that Work

17:00 –18:30
PLENARY SESSION 6: Scientists, Journalists, and Communication Specialists: Toward a Sustainable Relationship
Session Moderator
Richard P. Burgos
Director, Science and Technology Information Institute
Philippine Department of Science and Technology
Session 6 
Plenary Speakers
Mira Desai, PhD
Professor, Communication Technology
Head, University Department of Extension and Communication SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
Leon Barkho, PhD
Professor of media and communication sciences
Jönköping University, Sweden

Johanna Son
Editor/Founder, Reporting ASEAN

Ramesh Bhushal
South Asia Coordinator
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network
18:30 –19:30
AMIC Asia Communication Award
19:30 – 19:50
Book Launching
AMIC: A History of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (Edited by Dr. Crispin Maslog)
Communication Theory: The Asian Perspective -2nd edition
(Edited by Dr. Wimal Dissanayake)
Closing Ceremonies

Closing Remarks
Prof. Ramon R. Tuazon (AMIC Secretary General)
14 DECEMBER 2021
Free Webinar sponsored by AMIC, AJC, and the
World Journalism Education Council with support from UNESCO
(link to be announced later)
15:00 –16:30
The Future of Journalism Education in the World and in Asia Pacific
16:30 –17:00
Asian Journal of Communication and Media Asia:
Continuing the Tradition of Excellence in Journal Publishing

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