At a moment when public participation is a must for the progress of science, we are faced with an open debate about new challenges, which have an impact on scientific communication. Changes, diversity and complexity have put forward new ideas leading to the adoption of different attitudes.

Scientific communication has undergone a transformation caused by the deep changes experienced by society, communication and pedagogy. In this sense, scientific communication has gone from being explanatory, to being active and, finally, to demanding participation.

Communication contains a wide range of contexts due to the fact that the scientific community participating in the different tasks goes from creating scientific knowledge and collaborating in resource management, to being critical analysts or trainers of new scientists. It also entails complexity stemming from its own nature and from the new ways of understanding the world.

The analysis of the present situation has given rise to twelve questions aimed at determining the key factors needed for the progress of scientific communication, as well as at providing the answers to each one of the set questions from different scopes. That is, preserving the level of knowledge acquired avoiding clichés, presenting knowledge in a way which is easy to understand for an audience which does not necessarily belongs to the scientific community, making people eager to get involved in science-building through different activities, favouring apparently contradictory positions and different degrees of confidence regarding the contribution of scientific discoveries to the common good, and putting forward a dialogue conceived as a site for gathering the social perception requested to achieve the needed feedback to enhance the progress of knowledge.

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Science and society.Twelve cliche questions and forty-eight controversial answers

Teresa Escalas Tramullas   the Autonoma University of Barcelona

Maite Buil Blasco   the Autonoma University of Barcelona

Marta Colomer Salarich   the Autonoma University of Barcelona

Núria Güell Esquius   the Autonoma University of Barcelona

At a moment when public participation is a must for the progress of science, we are faced with an open debate about new challenges, which have an impact on scientific communication. Changes, diversity and complexity have put forward new ideas leading to the adoption of different attitudes.

Scientific communication has undergone a transformation caused by the deep changes experienced by society, communication and pedagogy. In this sense, scientific communication has gone from being explanatory, to being active and, finally, to demanding participation.

Communication contains a wide range of contexts due to the fact that the scientific community participating in the different tasks goes from creating scientific knowledge and collaborating in resource management, to being critical analysts or trainers of new scientists. It also entails complexity stemming from its own nature and from the new ways of understanding the world.

The analysis of the present situation has given rise to twelve questions aimed at determining the key factors needed for the progress of scientific communication, as well as at providing the answers to each one of the set questions from different scopes. That is, preserving the level of knowledge acquired avoiding clichés, presenting knowledge in a way which is easy to understand for an audience which does not necessarily belongs to the scientific community, making people eager to get involved in science-building through different activities, favouring apparently contradictory positions and different degrees of confidence regarding the contribution of scientific discoveries to the common good, and putting forward a dialogue conceived as a site for gathering the social perception requested to achieve the needed feedback to enhance the progress of knowledge.

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