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Public Communication of Science and Technology

Public communication of science and technology is one of many terms used to describe the field of communication between scientists and nonscien-tists. It has come to be used in a way that attempts to describe the field without taking a position on the question of power: Who is in charge of communication, and what goals is this communication serving? The phrase has the advantage of being translatable into multiple languages while retaining approximately the same meaning. It is also the name of an important international network of academics and practitioners concerned with this area of inquiry.

The term public communication of science and technology emerged in the late 1980s in response to a recurring challenge: what to call the field of science and technology communication? “Science ...

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