In the last decades, European countries realized there is a need to develop public dialogue of science not only to promote scientific culture but also to promote scientifically informed political decisions. However, the echoes of European-wide initiatives have been difficult to be heard at a national level and communication channels between scientists, politicians and journalists remain poorly established. In Portugal, a hallmark in the promotion of a scientific culture was the creation of a national agency. In addition, research institutions are starting to consider science communication strategies to engage the public with their science and their scientists. In order to discuss the role of science in the Portuguese public and political agenda, a workshop was held in April 2010. The workshop involved leading researchers, journalists, and politicians and resulted in a series of proposals and further initiatives to promote the channels of communication between these communities, such as an audience at the Portuguese Parliament and publication of opinion articles in the press.

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Workshop science, politics and the media
An initiative to trigger science in the public agenda

Almeida Cheila   Facudade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Domingues Inês   Instituto de Medicina Molecular da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Xavier José   Instituto do Mar, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Agostinho Marta   Instituto de Medicina Molecular da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

In the last decades, European countries realized there is a need to develop public dialogue of science not only to promote scientific culture but also to promote scientifically informed political decisions. However, the echoes of European-wide initiatives have been difficult to be heard at a national level and communication channels between scientists, politicians and journalists remain poorly established. In Portugal, a hallmark in the promotion of a scientific culture was the creation of a national agency. In addition, research institutions are starting to consider science communication strategies to engage the public with their science and their scientists. In order to discuss the role of science in the Portuguese public and political agenda, a workshop was held in April 2010. The workshop involved leading researchers, journalists, and politicians and resulted in a series of proposals and further initiatives to promote the channels of communication between these communities, such as an audience at the Portuguese Parliament and publication of opinion articles in the press.

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