English in Science Communication – Collegio San Carlo di Modena

Welcome to the dedicated web page for our evening English course for Collegio San Carlo di Modena!
This course is especially tailored for science students who wish to gain and practice essential language and communication skills developing a career in science. The course will aim (but not necessarily take this direction) to give students a taste in writing short articles and abstracts, present scientific findings, concepts and short tutorials in a conference environment.

Here are the main objective of the courses:

  • Provide ample opportunity for students to practice their speaking skills in different contexts: informal, short presentations, tutorials and discussions
  • Practice different styles of writing for a variety of practical scenarios: invitation letters, abstracts, scientific articles and publications.
  • In the context of science communication: develop techniques and approaches to presenting data, explaining abstract and technical concepts
  • Develop awareness to and encourage independent learning techniques in English
  • Expose students to a project based learning approach and encourage students to take an active role in their studies

This course is conducted through a project based learning approach which means that there is no fixed curriculum or text book. There are no exams, but there will be allocated time for self evaluation (reflection) as well as opportunities for peer evaluation during the course to provide feedback on each student’s personal development. Project based learning is “… a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge…” (you can read more on project based learning, here)

Hopefully you are reading these lines before our first meeting. It will help if you can complete the first two tasks (Allow about 10-20 min for well-thought responses to questions in task 2)

Task 1 : Please complete the Entry form **(some personal data, first self assessment on English level and your expectation from the course and teacher)
** you will be required to enter an email address. Entries can be edited after submission, but please do not submit more than one form per student.

Task 2 : Please fill this Task sheet about choosing a theme for a conference

Science conference: San Carlo for Future

Conference dates: 16 and 23 of May 2023, San Carlo, Modena



  • Energy Sustainability and Efficiency
  • Sustainable urban mobility

Please read the guidelines for each division to submit your application.

Energy Sustainability and Efficiency Division

Renewable Energy Sources: Using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power to reduce carbon emissions and make energy production more sustainable.

Energy Efficiency: Using energy-efficient appliances in order to reduce energy consumption and lower costs.

Efficient Transportation: Encouraging the use of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, and promoting alternative transportation modes such as biking and walking.

Building Design: Designing buildings with energy-efficient features such as insulation, efficient lighting, and efficient heating and cooling systems can reduce energy consumption and lower operating costs.

Sustainable Manufacturing: Adopting sustainable manufacturing practices, such as using renewable energy sources, optimizing production processes, and reducing waste, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing activities.

Energy Storage: Developing energy storage technologies to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase the use of renewable energy sources.

Smart Grid Technology: Implementing smart grid technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of the energy grid, enable better integration of renewable energy sources, and reduce energy waste

Sustainable Urban Mobility

One of the main causes of pollution in cities is due to means of transport,
often equipped with outdated engines and with serious emissions of harmful
substances. In this conference we are looking for new methods of viability
and new methods of movement. On the path to smart and sustainable
transport, zero-emission vehicles and aircraft must be supported by smart
digital technologies to achieve connected and automated multimodal
mobility. We are interested in the integration of a new maps system for better
traffic management, ideas for decreasing the amount of combustion
vehicles, new technologies that can be exploited for public transport, new
traffic concepts in cities to improve the quality of life and the study of new
means of transport that are more ecological and can be integrated with our
daily lives.
Transport policy
Digital technology
Automotive Interactions
Viability, road transport, rail transport, ground transport, emission in
transport, advanced propulsion technology, electrification, hydrogen
propulsion, batteries, synthetic fuels, biofuels, renewable fuels, recycling in
transport, reduction of fatalities in transport, automated driving, transport
safety, smart technologies in transport, integrated transport systems,
logistics, regional transport, multimodal transport, micro-mobility

Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words
Oral presentations should be 15 min long and include interactive questions

Please submit your abstract here

As part of our course we will organize a conference around burning issues in society which may have engineering solutions to them. Here is a rough guide for steps that should be taken for the organization:

1. Collection of review articles on the various topics: Energy, Water, Pollution, Mobility… etc
2. Identifying the problems in each topic and suggested solutions as presented in the review articles
3. Allocation of study groups and individual study cases.
4. Call for application: posters, talks, papers
5. Review process
6. technical arrangements for conference