Three inter-related strands for the content analysis of the CONCISE’s citizen discourses – Part I

Published on: 14.12.2020

The CONCISE consortium needed a year to analyse the citizens’ speeches deriving from the five CONCISE public consultations. On the one side, we carried out a quantitative analysis based on a lexical-metric approach, and a qualitative research based on a more classical methodological approach. On the other, we analysed the discourses of the citizen consultations focusing on the social aspects of communication and the ways participants used language to achieve specific effects (e.g. to build trust, to create doubt, to evoke emotions, consent or dissent). After coding the transcripts, we analysed the speeches for both levels of the studies. Each form of content analysis responded to specific purposes, following particular procedures and relying on specified software, which we will describe below.



Published on: 18.11.2020

CONCISE has published the book that includes the process of organising the citizen consultations that took place between September and November 2019 in Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal. The consultations had the aim of listening what are citizens’ beliefs and attitudes towards science, what information channels they use to get scientific information and what influences their opinions and decisions about science.


Results of the quantitative activities. Part 2: old and new media channels

Published on: 09.11.2020

As seen in a previous post, the public consultations included a couple of quantitative activities after the discussion of each topic where citizens had to fill in a very short questionnaire. Activities were either focused on general environmental/health issues (Italy, Spain) or on the specific topic of climate change/vaccines (Portugal, Poland, Slovakia).
After addressing the use and trust in sources in the previous instalment, this post will present the results about channels of communication through which citizens access scientific information, in particular digital media and analogical ones.


CONCISE participation in the EASST/4S conference

Published on: 18.10.2020


In August, members of the CONCISE team participated in the EASST/4S conference by presenting three papers. It was supposed to take place in Prague but due to the present circumstances it was entirely online. It was organised by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology and by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), who every four years hold a joint conference. Over 20 simultaneous panels at three/four time slots occurred in each of its four days, the conference covers a wide array of issues in science and technology studies. From biosciences to data sciences, from climate change to health, from innovation to science policy.


Some aspect of qualitative analysis

Published on: 27.09.2020

Dear followers of the Concise project, we have some great news to share with you!

Recently we have finished the qualitative analysis of all five public consultations, which is bringing the Concise project into its final stages. This feat would have been impossible without the vigorous work of the national teams from Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Portugal. Seem like an easy task, you say? This post will try to show you in more detail the massive amount of work put into analysis.


CONCISE DATABASE: inspiring practices on engaging scientists and communicators with science communication

Published on: 20.09.2020

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Results of the quantitative activities, Part 1: use and trust in sources of science communication

Published on: 07.09.2020

The methods used by CONCISE at the public consultations were mostly of a qualitative nature. Nevertheless, after each topic discussion (climate change, vaccines, and GMO), participants filled short quantitative questionnaires.


We present the results of the questionnaires that focused on environmental and health issues, focusing on the most frequent and trustworthy sources of information. These questionnaires were administered right after the discussions about climate change and vaccines. Even though in some countries the questionnaire mentioned directly these topics and in others just environment or health, it is reasonable to assume that participants had specific topics at the forefront of their minds.


Science communication in H2020 – achievements & recommendations

Published on: 15.08.2020

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A recent EC publication on Science Communication shows the achievements in Horizon 2020 and recommendations on the way forward

“Science communication informs citizens about science and innovation, opens up R&I to society and facilitates citizens’ participation in activities and debate. In order for the public to be on board for solutions to the challenges our society faces, there is a need to build trust through clear and effective communication”, is stated in the report.


JCOM: submit papers on re-examining science communication

Published on: 30.07.2020

Science communication continues to develop and change, as a discipline, practice and professional career path, with significant growth in both professional practice and academic study.

Changes in the relationships between science and society and its increasing inclusion in official discourses have opened new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. At the same time, this may have produced challenges for the authority of science, which can be openly contested, negotiated and transformed in public arenas. This transformation has been fundamentally intensified by the digitalization of the media landscape. New media have increased the diversity of actors using, sharing and generating science content, their communication practices and the strategies they use. (more…)

What should the role of a scientist be? Insights from the Polish citizens.

Published on: 22.07.2020

Pseudoscience takes its toll and as a result people themselves pose threats to health and the environment worldwide. I read posts on FB and slalom around the news that I find true or false. I observe in practice the simple truth that misinformation “sticks” even when corrected. But what should my role as a scientist be in this context? As a researcher, I was very interested to learn from citizens how they define the role of a scientist and what are the societal expectations the scientists should meet nowadays, in the age of misinformation. (more…)

And after consulting the citizens … what?

Published on: 09.07.2020

Barriers and incentives to engage in science communication

Published on: 28.06.2020

Exploring the hurdles and incentives of science communication is one of the key objectives of the CONCISE Project. To that aim,  the team of the Science, Communication, and Society Studies Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF) interviewed 26 science communication researchers (from 15 countries) and conducted one contrast online workshop with 18 science communication practitioners (journalists, communication officers, science museum directors, etc.) from 16 countries.


CONCISE citizen consultation: some numbers and preliminary findings

Published on: 08.06.2020

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On September 14, 2019, Observa carried out the Italian citizen consultation at Villa Valmarana ai Nani (Vicenza) with the participation of 93 people (50 male 43 female) from 37 different Italian municipalities.
The ten group tables around which the public consultation was organised produced over 80 hours of recorded audio and almost 600 pages of transcription. The audio transcription underwent a statistical content analysis that amounted to 4.797 turns of speech, resulting in a total of 209.213 words.


CONCISE Project: a European-wide debate on science communication

Published on: 18.05.2020

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Łódź consultation chronicle. Who's afraid of public consultations?

Published on: 28.01.2020

Last Saturday of September 2019. A sunny and crispy morning starts very busily for the team involved in CONCISE. Everything must be ready by 8:00 AM.

The first invited guests appear in the buildings of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Łódź. Some are hesitantly crossing university thresholds: they have never been to this building or even to Łódź before. The younger are looking around interestingly – who knows, maybe in less than two years, they will start studying here?

December is that time of the year when we look back on the year that was. And what a year 2019 was for CONCISE!

Published on: 31.12.2019

We kicked off in the search of a theoretical framework and methodology to use at our public consultations. Based on the literature and previous experience, we proposed a method and held a pilot citizen consultation in Barcelona in March 2019. 17 Spanish citizens attended, helping us test our approach and learn from the experience. The experience contributed to the development of the final guidelines to be implemented at the five citizen consultations planned for autumn.


A sunny November day in Lisbon

Published on: 30.11.2019

The last public consultation of the CONCISE project took place on November 16 in Lisbon. 102 citizens from all over the country met in a pleasant room overlooking the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. The chosen venue was the Belém Cultural Centre, an impressive building of the late 1980s that houses a contemporary art museum, auditoriums, restaurants and shops. Belém is the most western parish of Lisbon, bordered by the river Tagus to the south and the Monsanto forest to the north. A tourist hotspot with some of the best-known views in the city and the most delicious Lisbon pastries, the world-famous custard tarts.


Obstacles and incentives of engaging in public science communication

Published on: 18.09.2019

Participative approach in public consultation

Published on: 09.07.2019

The Department of Sociology of Trnava University considered possible options for participants recruitment regarding the public consultation, as well as its organisation. The team has made a collective decision to involve its students in the broadest possible way. In order to find suitable participants for the consultation in Trnava on October 19, meetings with students have been organized. The aim of this meetings is to make students acquainted with the project Concise: its goals and expected results.

Public Concise consultations - dates and places

Published on: 26.05.2019

We seek to engage the participation of 100 citizens in each country, representatives of different social groups, considering gender, age, educational level, ethnic minorities, people with physical impairments, and professional careers.
Citizens don’t need to have any previous knowledge in any of the topics. The main objective of this activity is for citizens to contribute improving the way scientific information arrives to society. We want to know YOUR opinions, questions, doubts and experiences. Therefore, all volunteers are welcome! (more…)

CONCISE project at the Festival of Science, Technology and Art in Łódź

Published on: 25.04.2019

From April 8th till 15th 2019, the inhabitants of the Lodz region could move into a magical land of chemical and physical experiments as well as explore the secrets of poetry, theater and art. For the 19th time the Festival of Science, Technology and Art took place in Łódź. Hundreds of festival events in the form of workshops and lectures, exciting discussions, meetings with extraordinary people, as well as games and competitions attracted thousands of participants. Spectacular interactive presentations, experiments, workshops were visited by students and PhD candidates of Łódź universities and employees of scientific institutions.


The UPF hosts the pilot citizen consultation of the CONCISE project in which vaccines and climate change are discussed

Published on: 22.03.2019