Science and society relate to each other through a communicative interface whose existence is both subtle and real. This interface is materialized through practices that bring together scientists and laymen and it can be described by analyzing such practices, its agents and other ways to establish or hinder dialogue. This paper intends to make use of the panel with three coexisting categories proposed by Michel Callon (2000, 2001), incorporating contributions from Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (2003) (and other authors) in order to identify some of the interface possibilities and their repercussions in society as well as in science. Next, with Ludwig Fleck's epistemology (2010) as a reference, the paper discusses how science is affected by these issues. Last, some specific aspects are approached, including the role played by the diversification of science communication practices in the construction of more democratic societies with people implicated in science decision or the impact of these ideas in science teaching.

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Participative science and its epistemological implications
A contribution to science communication

Rafaela Samagaia   Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Demetrio Neto   Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Science and society relate to each other through a communicative interface whose existence is both subtle and real. This interface is materialized through practices that bring together scientists and laymen and it can be described by analyzing such practices, its agents and other ways to establish or hinder dialogue. This paper intends to make use of the panel with three coexisting categories proposed by Michel Callon (2000, 2001), incorporating contributions from Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (2003) (and other authors) in order to identify some of the interface possibilities and their repercussions in society as well as in science. Next, with Ludwig Fleck's epistemology (2010) as a reference, the paper discusses how science is affected by these issues. Last, some specific aspects are approached, including the role played by the diversification of science communication practices in the construction of more democratic societies with people implicated in science decision or the impact of these ideas in science teaching.

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