The effective communications on important issues have been and still are one of the most effective ways for dissemination of different kind of information to broaden audience. The global environmental problems made communication between scientists and the general public more frequent; however there should be still some questions answered and some research done in Lithuania regarding scientific information flow to coastal communities. It appeared that it is important for local communities on the coastal part of Lithuania, particularly for young people to communicate and to build relationship with local scientist in order to broaden and enrich their understanding about local environment they live in, to face the importance to protecting coastline, to learn about possible methods in creating sustainable coast, to develop their own projects and participate in the interesting debates with researchers, who seem to have all answers regarding environmental issues. Researchers are in an excellent position to improve public awareness of science-related issues and to inspire young people with an interest in science. Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) is an education unit within the University of Klaipeda, which is located in the coastal part of Lithuania. It is the only one coastal research institute in Lithuania which focuses on fundamental and applied scientific research. Scientists and researchers working at Costal Research and Planning Institute have the essential skills in communicating the importance of their research and results to the scientific audience world wide through participation in seminars, conferences and congresses; however communication with local coastal communities (which requires additional skills in communicating science in “communities’ language”), particularly with youth, pupils, teachers, and grown-ups is still very low. Scientists from CORPI take initiatives in participating in the nature protection projects, environmental competitions and summer camps devoted for young people with aim to increase their knowledge about importance of science and to help them to see science in its wider context. Other target groups of society are not left behind as well: through exhibitions and documentaries researchers of CORPI seek to encourage and to support the community’s dialogues on environmental issues arising from Global environmental problems. Learning more about local environment can be most instructive if approach and methods for this are appropriate to the community. Lithuanian researchers try to implement an effective communication method for building up new, and evolving existing relationship with coastal communities.

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Evaluating an importance of science in local society
Does scientific communication exist in the coastal region of Lithuania

Jurgita Mikelenaite   Klaipeda University

The effective communications on important issues have been and still are one of the most effective ways for dissemination of different kind of information to broaden audience. The global environmental problems made communication between scientists and the general public more frequent; however there should be still some questions answered and some research done in Lithuania regarding scientific information flow to coastal communities. It appeared that it is important for local communities on the coastal part of Lithuania, particularly for young people to communicate and to build relationship with local scientist in order to broaden and enrich their understanding about local environment they live in, to face the importance to protecting coastline, to learn about possible methods in creating sustainable coast, to develop their own projects and participate in the interesting debates with researchers, who seem to have all answers regarding environmental issues. Researchers are in an excellent position to improve public awareness of science-related issues and to inspire young people with an interest in science. Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) is an education unit within the University of Klaipeda, which is located in the coastal part of Lithuania. It is the only one coastal research institute in Lithuania which focuses on fundamental and applied scientific research. Scientists and researchers working at Costal Research and Planning Institute have the essential skills in communicating the importance of their research and results to the scientific audience world wide through participation in seminars, conferences and congresses; however communication with local coastal communities (which requires additional skills in communicating science in “communities’ language”), particularly with youth, pupils, teachers, and grown-ups is still very low. Scientists from CORPI take initiatives in participating in the nature protection projects, environmental competitions and summer camps devoted for young people with aim to increase their knowledge about importance of science and to help them to see science in its wider context. Other target groups of society are not left behind as well: through exhibitions and documentaries researchers of CORPI seek to encourage and to support the community’s dialogues on environmental issues arising from Global environmental problems. Learning more about local environment can be most instructive if approach and methods for this are appropriate to the community. Lithuanian researchers try to implement an effective communication method for building up new, and evolving existing relationship with coastal communities.

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