Use of interactive multi-media is underdeveloped in science among university science students, our future citizen scientists. They will need to produce, evaluate, and critically examine science communication in various modes of interactive media: podcasts, blogs, video, social networking, and internet platforms. We invite conference delegates to discuss how one can teach future scientists to create and interact with others via such “new media”. Our session explores the new skills and insights necessary for scientists who will use these media to engage with scientists and nonscientists as well as the training and research that the field of science communication can offer.

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Preparing citizen scientists
Engaging through interactive media

Will Rifkin   University of New South Wales

Nancy Longnecker   University of Western Australia

Joan Leach   University of Queensland

Lloyd Davis   University of Otago

Joanne Righetti   University of New South Wales

Use of interactive multi-media is underdeveloped in science among university science students, our future citizen scientists. They will need to produce, evaluate, and critically examine science communication in various modes of interactive media: podcasts, blogs, video, social networking, and internet platforms. We invite conference delegates to discuss how one can teach future scientists to create and interact with others via such “new media”. Our session explores the new skills and insights necessary for scientists who will use these media to engage with scientists and nonscientists as well as the training and research that the field of science communication can offer.

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