618   Roundtable discussion

Science communication studies: where are we now?

The panel will examine key ideas and trends in science communication studies as the field has developed during the last decade.

What is the common lexicon, what are the core ideas, theoretical and empirical backgrounds that a student of science communication is supposed to be familiar with today?

The panel is organised in connection with the publication in 2020 of the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (Routledge).

How has the field changed during the decade since the first edition of the Handbook appeared (2008) and what are the current trends and challenges?

The panel will feature the two editors and two contributors of the Handbook, plus a discussant.

Maja Horst will offer insights from the cultural-sociological study of science communication. In particular, she will discuss issues of identity and sense-making. Science communication is not just about making complicated things simple, so that lay-people can understand them. It is also about who we are as citizens, scientists and scientific organisations in a modern knowledge society.

Julia Metag will address issues in the analysis of science publics, such as the relationship between information behaviour and attitudes towards science, the formation of different segments in the public as well as methodological questions of researching science publics.

Massimiano Bucchi and Brian Trench will propose an expanded definition of science communication that embraces informal, non-purposive communication as well as that which is targeted and strategic, and that goes beyond the deficit versus dialogue dispute that remains an undercurrent of current discussions.

Germana Barata will add further insights and elements for discussion.

Author: Massimiano Bucchi
Università  di Trento, Italy

Massimiano Bucchi and Brian Trench will propose an expanded definition of science communication that embraces informal, non-purposive communication as well as that which is targeted and strategic, and that goes beyond the deficit versus dialogue dispute that remains an undercurrent of current discussions. The circulation of images in social conversations about science will also be addressed.

Speaker: Brian Trench
DCU, Ireland

Massimiano Bucchi and Brian Trench will propose an expanded definition of science communication that embraces informal, non-purposive communication as well as that which is targeted and strategic, and that goes beyond the deficit versus dialogue dispute that remains an undercurrent of current discussions. The circulation of images in social conversations about science will also be addressed.

Speaker: Maja Horst
DTU, Denmark

Maja Horst will offer insights from the cultural-sociological study of science communication. In particular, she will discuss issues of identity and sense-making. Science communication is not just about making complicated things simple, so that lay-people can understand them. It is also about who we are as citizens, scientists and scientific organisations in a modern knowledge society.

Speaker: Julia Metag
University of Muenster, Germany

Julia Metag will address issues in the analysis of science publics, such as the relationship between information behaviour and attitudes towards science, the formation of different segments in the public as well as methodological questions of researching science publics.

Speaker: Germana Barata
State University of Campinas-Unicamp, Brazil

Germana Barata will contribute with analysis about the landscape of science communication on social media, especially concerning the motivations, communicators' profile, the need for funds, support and challenges that need to be addressed in training and practice.

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