Background: 4 years to study the Mediterranean climate, from Portugal to Syria, from UK to Israel: the CIRCE project (Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment), granted under the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme, brings together 61 research institutions from Europe, North Africa and Middle East aiming at investigating the climate evolution not only in regard to scientific data but also in connection to economic and social impacts and evaluating the best strategies of adaptation and mitigation to overcome the climate change in the Mediterranean. Dissemination and outreach activities are obliged within EC projects and during these 4 years there will be an intensive dialogue among mathematicians, physicians, climatologists, agronomists, economists, social scientists, IT experts, media and general public. The contact will be co- ordinated thanks to a communication agency, for the first time inserted in the project consortium, that will take care of the project communication office, the website, exhibits and participative approaches to connect CIRCE scientists to society.

Hypotheses: What is the climate among CIRCE scientists and communication people? How do scientists look at the dissemination activities? Are they ready for the communication challenge? How do they consider the communicators? Un-useful presence or valid support to interact properly with media? Do the CIRCE scientists expect that communication office help them or throw a spanner in their research work?

Method: Through a simple survey distributed among the CIRCE scientific community, we will arrive at the first step of the evaluation of the perception of scientists in regard with the communication people involved in the project.

Conclusions: An analysis to better understand how implementing a proper communication plan based on the daily interaction among communicators and scientists and intended to design a novel way of dissemination.

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Once upon a time there was dissemination. The climate among scientists and communication experts from the CIRCE project

Angela Simone   CIRCE Project

Mauro Scanu   CIRCE Project

Background: 4 years to study the Mediterranean climate, from Portugal to Syria, from UK to Israel: the CIRCE project (Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment), granted under the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme, brings together 61 research institutions from Europe, North Africa and Middle East aiming at investigating the climate evolution not only in regard to scientific data but also in connection to economic and social impacts and evaluating the best strategies of adaptation and mitigation to overcome the climate change in the Mediterranean. Dissemination and outreach activities are obliged within EC projects and during these 4 years there will be an intensive dialogue among mathematicians, physicians, climatologists, agronomists, economists, social scientists, IT experts, media and general public. The contact will be co- ordinated thanks to a communication agency, for the first time inserted in the project consortium, that will take care of the project communication office, the website, exhibits and participative approaches to connect CIRCE scientists to society.

Hypotheses: What is the climate among CIRCE scientists and communication people? How do scientists look at the dissemination activities? Are they ready for the communication challenge? How do they consider the communicators? Un-useful presence or valid support to interact properly with media? Do the CIRCE scientists expect that communication office help them or throw a spanner in their research work?

Method: Through a simple survey distributed among the CIRCE scientific community, we will arrive at the first step of the evaluation of the perception of scientists in regard with the communication people involved in the project.

Conclusions: An analysis to better understand how implementing a proper communication plan based on the daily interaction among communicators and scientists and intended to design a novel way of dissemination.

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