Climate change issues are clearly a growing concern for the public today. In recent years, people have received a great deal of information from media on the causes and consequences of climate changes, but– depending on countries and regions–the understanding of citizens and their engagement in these topics is still varied. Communication professionals are making effort to communicate the messages correctly. This presentation proposes to contribute to a global effort to develop news tools and actions on climate change from “informative” to the “active” procedures through the exchange and dissemination of practices that involve citizens in actions and dialogue.

In my talk I will start taking into consideration some recent data on European public opinion. Secondly, I will introduce the Accent project (http://www.i-do-climate.eu/), an initiative promoted by a group of 12 European science centers proposing “active procedures” of involvement on the issues of climate change. The science centers are using “active procedures”: hand-on exhibitions, participative games, local citizens forums and many others, in order to engage effectively the public in such themes.

The central point in this presentation is the promotion of two-ways communication channels between the scientific community and the public. Specific attention will be given to the participation of scientists and the role of science centers in the development of communication tools and programs for the choice of scientific topics and for correct and clear information to the non-expert public.

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Involving experts and citizens on climate change debate
The European project accent

Giuseppe Pellegrini   University of Padova – Italy,Observa – Science in Society

Climate change issues are clearly a growing concern for the public today. In recent years, people have received a great deal of information from media on the causes and consequences of climate changes, but– depending on countries and regions–the understanding of citizens and their engagement in these topics is still varied. Communication professionals are making effort to communicate the messages correctly. This presentation proposes to contribute to a global effort to develop news tools and actions on climate change from “informative” to the “active” procedures through the exchange and dissemination of practices that involve citizens in actions and dialogue.

In my talk I will start taking into consideration some recent data on European public opinion. Secondly, I will introduce the Accent project (http://www.i-do-climate.eu/), an initiative promoted by a group of 12 European science centers proposing “active procedures” of involvement on the issues of climate change. The science centers are using “active procedures”: hand-on exhibitions, participative games, local citizens forums and many others, in order to engage effectively the public in such themes.

The central point in this presentation is the promotion of two-ways communication channels between the scientific community and the public. Specific attention will be given to the participation of scientists and the role of science centers in the development of communication tools and programs for the choice of scientific topics and for correct and clear information to the non-expert public.

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