Worldwide, public communication of science and technology is increasingly recognized as an exciting and essential interdisciplinary field of study and research. In many developing countries there is a growing government support for public communication of science and therefore demand for science communication professionals at organizations like science centers, science councils and universities. Consequently there is a growing need for professional development opportunities in the field of science communication. This paper presents an attempt to meet that need by offering a distance-learning course from August to November 2005 that brought together students from Cornell University (USA), Fiocruz (Brazil), and SAASTA/Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa). The course was designed to review appropriate literature, develop case studies, and explore training possibilities in the field. The course was designed to give students a chance to discuss both theoretical and practical issues with science communicators in differing contexts.

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Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

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Luisa Massarani   Fiocruz, Univ. Pretoria/SAASTA, and Cornell University

Marina Joubert   Fiocruz, Univ. Pretoria/SAASTA, and Cornell University

Fiocruz, Univ. Pretoria/SAASTA, and Cornell University  

Worldwide, public communication of science and technology is increasingly recognized as an exciting and essential interdisciplinary field of study and research. In many developing countries there is a growing government support for public communication of science and therefore demand for science communication professionals at organizations like science centers, science councils and universities. Consequently there is a growing need for professional development opportunities in the field of science communication. This paper presents an attempt to meet that need by offering a distance-learning course from August to November 2005 that brought together students from Cornell University (USA), Fiocruz (Brazil), and SAASTA/Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa). The course was designed to review appropriate literature, develop case studies, and explore training possibilities in the field. The course was designed to give students a chance to discuss both theoretical and practical issues with science communicators in differing contexts.

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