Jadranka Jezeršek Turnes
I graduated from London Metropolitan University and obtained an MBA degree within the Ogilvy global advertising network. I have been involved in marketing and communication throughout my professional career, advising clients in the areas of global brands, public relations and corporate communication management. My professional focus in recent years has been communication management in scientific and innovative environments. After setting up the innovation office – on behalf of Center of Excellence on Polymers and Polymer Technologies CE PoliMaT – at the Akron Global Business Accelerator (AGBA) in the city of Akron (OH, USA), I have been intensively engaged in projects which embrace scientific engagement and science communication, so I decided my career will focus on science communication and engagement. Within last years I was involved in some inspiring projects, like RRI – Tools, managed by the UCL where I gained and polished professional knowledge in scientific engagement, scientific affairs, science communication and science diplomacy.
WHY AM I INTERESTED IN RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION:
I was part of many interesting projects, among them I would mention two most inspiring: organization of International Conference on Science and Technology at Harvard JFK University and organization of Biopolymer Workshop with an international group of experts (PCCL, VDI; ABIA, PoliMaT, JKUAT). The Workshop focused on current advancements in biopolymer research and their implications for industry, public policy and international science and technology cooperation as well as exploring their relevance to addressing the global challenges in Kenya. The scientific network helped me then to transfer the knowledge into Slovenian environment, so I initiated capacity building workshops with the editor of The Guardian newspaper, a BBC Radio 4 science editor, the science columnist of the New York Times, and professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Deb Blum, PhD, from MIT Knight Science Journalism Program. All workshops were intended to empower journalists covering science since there is no systematic learning process for all journalists interested in science in Slovenia. Since 2013 I do media training workshops for scientists, among them I am proud to participate at the International marketing forum of science and research institutions in Warsaw, Lukasiewcz Institute. Collaboration with scientific institutions, empowering and capacity building in scientific environments is something fulfilling and creative, supporting the society in its future endeavours.
WHAT DO I HOPE TO LEARN / CONTRIBUTE AS COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT:
I hope I will continue to build the knowledge and network with experts beyond Europe which is essential for dissemination of science and science communication. My wish is to translate as much as possible obtained knowledge and tools to support local RPO and RFO. I hope I will have the opportunity to explore, learn and implement RRI self-assessment tools/practice and build new bonds with colleagues.