In a democratic society, citizens must be informed of the latest scientific advances so that they can participate in the debates about the trends science will follow, its applications, its benefits and its risks. Science communication benefits not only individuals who have no direct contact with scientific research, but also scientists themselves. It is important that the latter communicate their projects and discoveries. However, most scientists find communicating their results to the general public to be complicated and frustrating. Because of this in the last few years, Mexican institutes of scientific research have started opening communication of science offices. This is very important for a country like Mexico, where scientific research is often funded with citizens’ taxes. This is the case in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The problem of how to carry out communication of science actions within these offices in a multicultural country can be very complicated. Hence, in this paper I am proposing a communication of science model for Mexican science institutes that I am implementing in the Communication of Science Unit of the Nuclear Sciences Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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A communication of science model for institutes of scientific research

Gabriela Villegas   Nuclear Sciences Institute, UNAM

In a democratic society, citizens must be informed of the latest scientific advances so that they can participate in the debates about the trends science will follow, its applications, its benefits and its risks. Science communication benefits not only individuals who have no direct contact with scientific research, but also scientists themselves. It is important that the latter communicate their projects and discoveries. However, most scientists find communicating their results to the general public to be complicated and frustrating. Because of this in the last few years, Mexican institutes of scientific research have started opening communication of science offices. This is very important for a country like Mexico, where scientific research is often funded with citizens’ taxes. This is the case in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The problem of how to carry out communication of science actions within these offices in a multicultural country can be very complicated. Hence, in this paper I am proposing a communication of science model for Mexican science institutes that I am implementing in the Communication of Science Unit of the Nuclear Sciences Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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