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The communication of science and technology as a tool for social appropriation of knowledge

Rueda Xenia  

Theme: Science communication for social inclusion and political engagement

In the world, mainly in Latin America has generated awareness that society is culturally diverse. In this sense, the national project in each country should be developed with the involvement and participation of cultural groups present, including indigenous peoples and other sectors that are identified as a culture.

Against this background, the objective of this panel will describe, from different angles what the role of science communication and how communication of science combined with other types of knowledge are able establish recognition and social inclusion. In addition to describing the different angles, it is intended to characterize processes where knowledge is generated through social innovation networks.

The possibility of having to articulate local innovations and traditional knowledge with science and technology requires the ability of communities to incorporate into their production practices other external knowledge. Usually this process requires the participation of experts in the use of such knowledge as well as mechanisms of appropriation of such knowledge by the community in question, since it is not only to acquire knowledge in a particular discipline, and much least in the abstract but to incorporate some type of specific knowledge in their production practices. This requires interaction between community members and experts from different disciplines.

Something fundamental is that local and traditional communities incorporate new knowledge with full awareness of what they are doing and what it means that new scientific and technological knowledge in order to broaden their cultural horizons, expand through an appropriation of external knowledge and create their own space a scientific and technological culture.

Finally, this panel will be comprised of describe and analyze specific cases in different regions of Latin America, in solving a specific problem to solve specific demands.

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