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

Published on: 20.09.2020

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The CONCISE Project proposes solutions to foster science communication among different actors. The team of the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF) have leaded the constitution of a database of inspiring practices on engaging scientists and communicators with science communication.

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

Published on: 07.09.2020

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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.

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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.

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JCOM: submit papers on re-examining science communication

Published on: 30.07.2020

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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. (altro…)

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

Published on: 22.07.2020

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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. (altro…)

And after consulting the citizens … what?

Published on: 09.07.2020

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Months of intense work culminated in December with the first phase of the CONCISE project: the organisation of five citizen consultations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia whose objective was to listen and find out how citizens form their scientific opinions. But what has happened after the 500 citizens shared their points of view on science? (altro…)

Barriers and incentives to engage in science communication

Published on: 28.06.2020

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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.

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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.

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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?
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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.

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A sunny November day in Lisbon

Published on: 30.11.2019

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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.

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CONCISE citizen consultations are under way

Published on: 08.10.2019

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.
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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! (altro…)