We present the results of a recent extensive survey aimed at investigating attitudes, motivations, obstacles and practices of science communication in the Italian physics community.

Data have been obtained from Computer-Assisted Web survey conducted on the entire community of physicists.

In particular we have studied the perception and representation researchers (physicists in this case) have of science, of different segments of their public and of their own role; their perceived ethics and social responsibility; their communication practices outside the restricted scientific community and the impact of generation and gender on the entire process.

Methodologically we see two main points of interest:
(i) the target of the survey is represented by the scientists and researchers community, whereas other works are typically focused on lay public; (ii) a longitudinal approach is adopted, so that the large panel of this research will be a permanent benefit as it will be possible to monitor the data evolution over time. Point (i) is especially relevant in its reversing the usual focus summarized in the “Public Engagement with Science and Technology”.

The project provides new research evidence-based insights and formulates guidelines to improve the communication and social engagement of the scientific community.

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Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

How and why scientists communicate with society
The case of physics in italy

Sergio Scamuzzi   UniversitaÌ€ degli Studi di Torino

Selena Agnella   Centro Interuniversitario AgoraÌ€ Scienza

Vincenzo Barone   UniversitaÌ€ degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

Andrea De Bortoli   Centro Interuniversitario AgoraÌ€ Scienza, Enrico Predazzi Centro Interuniversitario AgoraÌ€ Scienza

Isabella Susa   Centro Interuniversitario AgoraÌ€ Scienza

We present the results of a recent extensive survey aimed at investigating attitudes, motivations, obstacles and practices of science communication in the Italian physics community.

Data have been obtained from Computer-Assisted Web survey conducted on the entire community of physicists.

In particular we have studied the perception and representation researchers (physicists in this case) have of science, of different segments of their public and of their own role; their perceived ethics and social responsibility; their communication practices outside the restricted scientific community and the impact of generation and gender on the entire process.

Methodologically we see two main points of interest:
(i) the target of the survey is represented by the scientists and researchers community, whereas other works are typically focused on lay public; (ii) a longitudinal approach is adopted, so that the large panel of this research will be a permanent benefit as it will be possible to monitor the data evolution over time. Point (i) is especially relevant in its reversing the usual focus summarized in the “Public Engagement with Science and Technology”.

The project provides new research evidence-based insights and formulates guidelines to improve the communication and social engagement of the scientific community.

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