The key objective  of  this  research is  to identify  the range of  science  communication  activities  that  are currently undertaken  in Italy,  focusing on logics,   expectations, methods,  and goals,  with  the  aim of  building a map  of   these  activities. In our society science is  acquiring an increasingly important  position by playing a crucial  role in many social problems.  In  this  context,  scientific   communication  becomes  indispensable   to move  people  closer   to the  science  world, its  problems and its  important effects  on our lives. In Italy, in  the last few  years, many  activities are being  born. In this composite outline,  a general analysis  to define the main lines is lacking. Through  a tri-step  study, that includes  a desk, qualitative,   and  quantitative  research   performed  by  a   multiple  choice   questionnaire  and  interviews,   we  built  a  rudimentary  map of  science communication  in Italy  defining  a specific  universe.  This universe  will  allow to  build  a  representative sample to  be used to obtain a comprehensive  map.  This map could become an useful  tool to analyze and  evaluate science communication dynamics in this country and to  develop new projects and strategies in this area.

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Mapping science communication activities in Italy

Donato Ramani   Innovations in the Communication of Science (ICS), Science and Society Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)

Nico Pitrelli   Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

The key objective  of  this  research is  to identify  the range of  science  communication  activities  that  are currently undertaken  in Italy,  focusing on logics,   expectations, methods,  and goals,  with  the  aim of  building a map  of   these  activities. In our society science is  acquiring an increasingly important  position by playing a crucial  role in many social problems.  In  this  context,  scientific   communication  becomes  indispensable   to move  people  closer   to the  science  world, its  problems and its  important effects  on our lives. In Italy, in  the last few  years, many  activities are being  born. In this composite outline,  a general analysis  to define the main lines is lacking. Through  a tri-step  study, that includes  a desk, qualitative,   and  quantitative  research   performed  by  a   multiple  choice   questionnaire  and  interviews,   we  built  a  rudimentary  map of  science communication  in Italy  defining  a specific  universe.  This universe  will  allow to  build  a  representative sample to  be used to obtain a comprehensive  map.  This map could become an useful  tool to analyze and  evaluate science communication dynamics in this country and to  develop new projects and strategies in this area.

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