Exploring Science Communication demonstrates how science and technology studies approaches can be explicitly integrated into effective, powerful science communication research. Through a range of case studies, from climate change and public parks to Facebook, museums, and media coverage, it helps you to understand and analyse the complex and diverse ways science and society relate in today’s knowledge intensive environments. Notable features include: • A focus on showing how to bring academic STS theory into your own science communication research • Coverage of a range of topics and case studies illustrating different analyses and approaches • Speaks to disciplines across Media & Communication, Science & Technology Studies, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences and related areas. With this book you will learn how science communication can be more than just about disseminating facts to the public, but actually generative, leading to new understanding, research, and practices.

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • By: Martin W. Bauer, Martin W. Bauer, Massimiano Bucchi, Ulrich Beck, John C. Besley, Anthony Dudo, Martin Storksdieck, Dominique Brossard, Bruce V. Lewenstein, Lee Ann Kahlor, Patricia A. Stout, Dominique Brossard, Matthew C. Nisbet, Mark B. Brown, Massimiano Bucchi, Brian Trench, Sarah Davies, Maja Horst, Stevienna de Saille, John Durant, Geoffrey Evans, Geoffrey P. Thomas, Steven Epstein, Yaron Ezrahi, Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Simone Rödder, Martina Franzen, Peter Weingart, Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Patrick Baranger, Bernard Schiele, Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark A. Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Ulrike Felt, Brian Wynne, Michel Callon, Maria Eduarda Gonçalves, Sheila Jasanoff, Maria Jepsen, Pierre-Benoît Joly, Zdenek Konopasek, Stefan May, Claudia Neubauer, Arie Rip, Karen Siune, Andy Stirling, Mariachiara Tallacchini, Oliver Geden, Jane Gregory, Simon Jay Lock, Tom Horlick-Jones, John Walls, Gene Rowe, Nick Pidgeon, Wouter Poortinga, Graham Murdock, Tim O’Riordan, Maja Horst, Sarah R. Davies, Alan Irwin, Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark A. Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Alan Irwin, Brian Wynne, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dan M. Kahan, Dietram Scheufele, Sheila Jasanoff, Sheila Jasanoff, Sheila Jasanoff, Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sheila Jasanoff, Hilton R. Simmet, Baudouin Jurdant, John Law, Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones, Brian Wynne, Kate Lunau, Eva Lövbrand, Roger Pielke, Silke Beck, Claire Marris, Felicity Mellor, Jon D. Miller, Henk A. J. Mulder, Nancy Longnecker, Lloyd S. Davis, Esther. Ngumbi, Matthew C. Nisbet, Dietram A. Scheufele, Bart Penders, Joseph Roche, Nicola Davis, W. Matthew Shipman, Nico Stehr, George Ritzer, Andrew Stirling, Andy Stirling, Martina Temmerman, Renée Moernaut, Roel Coesemans, Jelle Mast, Brian Trench, Donghong Cheng, Michel Claessens, Toss Gascoigne, Jenni Metcalfe, Bernard Schiele, Shunke Shi, Brian Trench, Bernard Schiele, Michel Claessens, Shunke Shi, Brian Trench, James Wilsdon, Brian Wynne, Jack Stilgoe & Brian Wynne
  • In:Exploring Science Communication: A Science and Technology Studies Approach
  • Chapter DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529721256.n1
  • Subject:Science, Technology & Society, Journalism, Science Communication
  • Keywords:knowledge; science communication



‘We Should Reward Scientists for Communicating to the Public’, wrote the popular science magazine Scientific American in 2018, in a piece that argued that researchers should be promoted according not just to their research and teaching but also to their participation in public engagement activities (Ngumbi 2018). In the same year the European Commission launched a funding programme that called for work that ‘took stock and re-examined the role of science communication’. According to the Commission, there was an urgent need to ‘improve the quality and effectiveness of interactions between scientists, general media and the public’ (European Commission 2018: nn.), a need they perceived as relating to contemporary challenges such as the circulation of pseudoscience on social media and a ‘crisis’ in traditional ...

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