What are exactly the competences that science communicators need to acquire? It seems that most curricula in Science Communication (SC) did not make competences explicit (Hong & Wehrmann, 2010). SC-students cannot grasp where exactly they are heading to, while employers do not know what to expect from SC-graduates. In the meanwhile, SC-researchers try to understand the field as a whole, and promote new ways of looking at the relationship between science and society. Dialogue, deliberation, participation; this is what SC-researchers pressingly ask from SC-professionals. But does that reflect reality?
There comes the freshly graduated SC-student, starting a first job. This graduate may feel helpless on the first workday already, for dialogues are not part of the daily business at all!The employer might think “What the ..(..).., this science communicator cannot even write ten good articles per day!”. Unfortunately, thís is reality. Time to rebuild bridges.

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Professionalisation in Science Communication
Reflections on competences perceived by PCST2012 participants as required in their work

M.G. van der Meij   VU University of Amsterdam

C.P. Hong   Dublin City University

C. Wehrmann   Delft University of Technology

What are exactly the competences that science communicators need to acquire? It seems that most curricula in Science Communication (SC) did not make competences explicit (Hong & Wehrmann, 2010). SC-students cannot grasp where exactly they are heading to, while employers do not know what to expect from SC-graduates. In the meanwhile, SC-researchers try to understand the field as a whole, and promote new ways of looking at the relationship between science and society. Dialogue, deliberation, participation; this is what SC-researchers pressingly ask from SC-professionals. But does that reflect reality?
There comes the freshly graduated SC-student, starting a first job. This graduate may feel helpless on the first workday already, for dialogues are not part of the daily business at all!The employer might think “What the ..(..).., this science communicator cannot even write ten good articles per day!”. Unfortunately, thís is reality. Time to rebuild bridges.

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