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Science Communication

  • By: S. Catherine Foster
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Science communication generally refers to public communication presenting science-related topics to nonexperts. This can involve developing communication skills in scientists or developing science skills in professional communicators, but the blending of the two abilities can help communicate either an understanding of the scientific process or specific knowledge about an important or relevant scientific discovery.

Science communication can generate support for scientific research or study or inform decision making, including political and ethical thinking. There is increasing emphasis on explaining methods rather than simply explaining findings of science. Science communication is an effort to develop an understanding and comprehension of both the meaning and implications of scientific knowledge, action, or process based on appropriate commonly accepted principles. The approach of communicating science in an organized manner can ...

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