Conducted in pairs of sessions, participants will view one of two videos of question and answer about fusion energy research. The two videos are identical except for the addition in one of key, emotive terms (e.g. “nuclear” and “atomic”). The participants will fill in a questionnaire about their response to the video. The second video will then be viewed and the floor will be opened to discuss the honesty and the quality of the approaches used in the two videos. In a second session the showing order of the videos will be reversed, to allow comparison of the viewers’ responses.
 
Another pair of sessions is also proposed, to contrast another pair of videos; one comparing fusion energy (favourably) with fission energy, and one not mentioning fission at all. As with the first pair, individual surveys are conducted before viewing the second video and opening the floor for discussion with the professional community in attendance. As above, a second session reverses the showing order.
 
The data gathered in these sessions will be analysed and disseminated amongst the European Fusion Development Agreement’s network of science communicators. The network spans about 40 European fusion laboratories.
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Dishonesty and trust in the nuclear fusion debate

Petra Nieckchen   EFDA JET

Phil Dooley   EFDA JET

Controversy comes to the PCST in the form of the debate surrounding atomic energy.
 
Conducted in pairs of sessions, participants will view one of two videos of question and answer about fusion energy research. The two videos are identical except for the addition in one of key, emotive terms (e.g. “nuclear” and “atomic”). The participants will fill in a questionnaire about their response to the video. The second video will then be viewed and the floor will be opened to discuss the honesty and the quality of the approaches used in the two videos. In a second session the showing order of the videos will be reversed, to allow comparison of the viewers’ responses.
 
Another pair of sessions is also proposed, to contrast another pair of videos; one comparing fusion energy (favourably) with fission energy, and one not mentioning fission at all. As with the first pair, individual surveys are conducted before viewing the second video and opening the floor for discussion with the professional community in attendance. As above, a second session reverses the showing order.
 
The data gathered in these sessions will be analysed and disseminated amongst the European Fusion Development Agreement’s network of science communicators. The network spans about 40 European fusion laboratories.

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