This paper reports work-in-progress: a pilot study of biotechnologists communicating their work, with the aim of developing a research instrument to map communication attitudes and activities of researchers at the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology in Ireland. The research has also enabled a limited exploration of communication models. A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted, producing data that was analyzed descriptively. Each question was re-assessed using the pilot responses and respondentidentified problems. The results show a willingness and responsible attitude manifested by biotechnologists in communicating their research and has led to a stronger emphasis on mixed methods in the re-development of the research instrument.

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No one is an island
Biotechnology researchers talk about communicating

Eve Merton   Dublin City University

This paper reports work-in-progress: a pilot study of biotechnologists communicating their work, with the aim of developing a research instrument to map communication attitudes and activities of researchers at the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology in Ireland. The research has also enabled a limited exploration of communication models. A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted, producing data that was analyzed descriptively. Each question was re-assessed using the pilot responses and respondentidentified problems. The results show a willingness and responsible attitude manifested by biotechnologists in communicating their research and has led to a stronger emphasis on mixed methods in the re-development of the research instrument.

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