Science communicators in the UK are making increasing use of drama to promote engagement with issues raised by science and technology for society. This project used a comedy sketch based on a reality TV show to promote discussion amongst 16-19 year olds of the issues raised for them by advances in genetic screening. The results showed that the event succeeded in raising awareness of key issues but also raised questions about how to ensure that discussion is effectively facilitated and the most effective means of disseminating the project.

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Use of comedy to trigger discussion of hot science topics

Frank Burnet   The University of the West of England

Ben Johnson   The University of the West of England

Science communicators in the UK are making increasing use of drama to promote engagement with issues raised by science and technology for society. This project used a comedy sketch based on a reality TV show to promote discussion amongst 16-19 year olds of the issues raised for them by advances in genetic screening. The results showed that the event succeeded in raising awareness of key issues but also raised questions about how to ensure that discussion is effectively facilitated and the most effective means of disseminating the project.

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