About Science Pulse

In very few words: Science Pulse is a social listening tool designed to bridge the gap between journalists and scientists within social media platforms. The main goal is to help journalists find trending scientific content.

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Science Pulse is a project led by ICFJ Knight Fellow Sérgio Spagnuolo in collaboration with Volt Data Lab, a data-driven news agency he founded in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is supported by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and by the Brazilian science journalism agency Bori.

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Scientists and journalists have a longstanding record of collaboration. But, as social media creates its own hard-to burst bubbles, sometimes a bridge is necessary to bring awareness about each other’s conversations. Journalists can benefit a lot from knowing what scientists and experts are sharing on social media.

The Science Pulse wants to be that bridge. In a time where scientific knowledge is in great demand, there are also great challenges around the way academic papers and preliminary conclusions are communicated. Data, conclusions and decisions can change fast.

It is hard to keep up with all social media has to offer nowadays, and even harder to follow hundreds of new people, even if you are interested in what they have to say. And even if you do follow them, some messages will be buried amongst hundreds of other posts and trending topics.

That is why we decided to make a tool to increase the discovery around the scientific conversation on social media, especially regarding the coronavirus pandemic. It is a way to increase knowledge but also leave some noise out of social media. We will give room for people that are brilliant in their fields, but might not have thousands of followers to engage.


Sérgio Spagnuolo

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ICFJ Knight Fellow and managing editor at Volt Data Lab

Lucas Gelape

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Data analyst at Volt Data Lab

Renata Hirota

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Data journalist at Volt Data Lab

Felippe Mercurio

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Database manager at Volt Data Lab

Jade Drummond

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Journalist at Volt Data Lab

Rodolfo Almeida

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Lucas Lago

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Twitter bot creator

Last update to this page made on September 9, 2020