PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology


What do YOU think makes for responsible science and its communication?

Kenneth Skeldon  

This world-café session will challenge participants to think about what makes public communication of science and technology 'responsible' and how this could be implemented in communication and engagement practice. In Europe, the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is increasingly embedded into research funding policy. The progression of this into science communication and public engagement is therefore a very interesting field, which has parallels across the globe. Our session will be led by representatives from a recently funded EU project called NUCLEUS (New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions) involving 24 international partners from Africa, Asia and Europe. Given the comparative, transcultural approach of the project, the panel is keen to stimulate discussion and share practice among the PCST community on the global perspectives of RRI. The session will encourage a global exchange of views from different cultural backgrounds and professions around the cross-cutting impact of science and its communication on societal, political and social challenges. Our world-café will focus on the six 'cells': Universities and Research Institutions, Public Engagement, Public Policy, Media, Civil Society and Economy, which we have identified within our NUCLEUS approach. We are particularly interested in gathering views on how RRI can be interpreted as a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and scientists become mutually responsive to each other. If approached robustly, the potential reward, for the debate, sustainability and informed discussion around scientific and technological advances in our society could be significant.

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