How can you get science closer to communities with social exclusion or of difficult access? How can you make the process of social appropriation of science and technology? How can you improve the citizens perception that they have about these topics in Mexico? In relation with these questions, the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) created in February 2012 the initiative “National strategy for diffusion and broadcast of science, technology and innovation: Social appropriation of Science, Technology and Innovation in Federal Entities with special emphasis on socially excluded areas”. This program is known as “Ciencia para todos y en todos los Rincones” (Science for all and everywhere).The purpose of this strategy was to promote the social appropriation process of knowledge by means of developing participative projects for spreading and divulging Science, Technology and Innovation of public interest with a broadcast in socially excluded, rural or difficult access areas, in coordination with the 32 states of the Mexican Republic. The approach of the initiative was unique in its type: to benefit communities that were socially excluded, rural or of difficult access through a diversity of actions and resources, specially of itinerant type. The research for paper is based on a study for the implementation of a 2012 initiative, as well as the review of the established actions in 2013, with special emphasis in the Southeast region of Mexico. The paper proposes an integral view for the public communication of science: the practice, from the experience of the federal program: the adaptation of actions according to regions; the policy: the involving of different actors; from the theoretic view, the focus on reception and importance of making the process of social appropriation available to the citizenship. The authors suggest that the conceptual basis of the Social Appropriation of Science and Technology is under construction. For them it is a complex and dynamic framework focused in an interaction and social participation linked to scientific and technologic knowledge, where components as divulgation, public communication of science or its broadcasting, result as promoting elements for the Appropriation. In the construction of Public Communication of Science, we can see that the process of making it available to the citizenship is an essential factor, recognizing that the citizens are active organisms, that we construct culture.

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Science for all and everywhere
An experience on social appropriation of science and technology in Mexico

María Chávez   Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

How can you get science closer to communities with social exclusion or of difficult access? How can you make the process of social appropriation of science and technology? How can you improve the citizens perception that they have about these topics in Mexico? In relation with these questions, the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) created in February 2012 the initiative “National strategy for diffusion and broadcast of science, technology and innovation: Social appropriation of Science, Technology and Innovation in Federal Entities with special emphasis on socially excluded areas”. This program is known as “Ciencia para todos y en todos los Rincones” (Science for all and everywhere).The purpose of this strategy was to promote the social appropriation process of knowledge by means of developing participative projects for spreading and divulging Science, Technology and Innovation of public interest with a broadcast in socially excluded, rural or difficult access areas, in coordination with the 32 states of the Mexican Republic. The approach of the initiative was unique in its type: to benefit communities that were socially excluded, rural or of difficult access through a diversity of actions and resources, specially of itinerant type. The research for paper is based on a study for the implementation of a 2012 initiative, as well as the review of the established actions in 2013, with special emphasis in the Southeast region of Mexico. The paper proposes an integral view for the public communication of science: the practice, from the experience of the federal program: the adaptation of actions according to regions; the policy: the involving of different actors; from the theoretic view, the focus on reception and importance of making the process of social appropriation available to the citizenship. The authors suggest that the conceptual basis of the Social Appropriation of Science and Technology is under construction. For them it is a complex and dynamic framework focused in an interaction and social participation linked to scientific and technologic knowledge, where components as divulgation, public communication of science or its broadcasting, result as promoting elements for the Appropriation. In the construction of Public Communication of Science, we can see that the process of making it available to the citizenship is an essential factor, recognizing that the citizens are active organisms, that we construct culture.

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