Scientific and environmental communication are facing new challenges, which demand participation in order to promote new attitudes for a democratic society. To achieve this goal, new methods and tools are a must. The participation forum, where different experts meet to discuss and contribute to the progress of science, is one of them. However, the participation model used is not enough to guarantee the true participation of society in the environmental sciences arena. This is why this study presents not only a new participation model of forum, but also an evaluation model built upon the same participation principles. The system of analysis presented is based on the ASI-TIE method. The Participation Evaluation Panel is the tool designed to ensure dialogue and participation throughout the evaluation process. From the forum design and implementation, as well as from its analysis and evaluation of the analysis, strengths and weaknesses are determined, which will be taken into account in future forum participation evaluations.

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Social participation forums dealing with scientific and environmental issues.Proposal of a forum model and of a method and tools of analysis.The case of the first public forum of the catalan environmental strategy for environmental education.

Núria Güell Esquius   The Autonoma University of Barcelona

Teresa Escalas Tramullas   The Autonoma University of Barcelona

Maite Buil Blasco   The Autonoma University of Barcelona

Marta Colomer Salarich   The Autonoma University of Barcelona

Scientific and environmental communication are facing new challenges, which demand participation in order to promote new attitudes for a democratic society. To achieve this goal, new methods and tools are a must. The participation forum, where different experts meet to discuss and contribute to the progress of science, is one of them. However, the participation model used is not enough to guarantee the true participation of society in the environmental sciences arena. This is why this study presents not only a new participation model of forum, but also an evaluation model built upon the same participation principles. The system of analysis presented is based on the ASI-TIE method. The Participation Evaluation Panel is the tool designed to ensure dialogue and participation throughout the evaluation process. From the forum design and implementation, as well as from its analysis and evaluation of the analysis, strengths and weaknesses are determined, which will be taken into account in future forum participation evaluations.

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