Communities are increasingly being recognised as a vital partner in the development of sustainable scientific solutions. There is growing recognition that the context for scientific research needs to help shape the form, content and application of scientific knowledge. To support this partnership between science and community, science communicators need to develop and implement science communication processes that go beyond a traditional role of public relations and education and give communities greater ownership and control over research outcomes. The Resource Futures Program of CSIRO, Australia’s national scientific research agency, researches approaches and tools to assist communities in making decisions about natural resource use planning and management. A number of examples from research with rural communities in Australia are used to discuss the principles, benefits and challenges for communicators, researchers and organisations in taking this more participative approach.

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A more participative approach to science communication
Case studies from regional Australia

Catherine Pitkin   CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Anne Leitch   CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Communities are increasingly being recognised as a vital partner in the development of sustainable scientific solutions. There is growing recognition that the context for scientific research needs to help shape the form, content and application of scientific knowledge. To support this partnership between science and community, science communicators need to develop and implement science communication processes that go beyond a traditional role of public relations and education and give communities greater ownership and control over research outcomes. The Resource Futures Program of CSIRO, Australia’s national scientific research agency, researches approaches and tools to assist communities in making decisions about natural resource use planning and management. A number of examples from research with rural communities in Australia are used to discuss the principles, benefits and challenges for communicators, researchers and organisations in taking this more participative approach.

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