The authors have devised a theoretical model of the influence of complex science within the Local Air Quality Management consultation process in the UK. The model (Diagram 1) identifies key stages where the nature of the scientific information to be presented has an impact on the mode of presentation, the way in which stakeholders are included in the process, stakeholder interpretation of scientific information and incorporation of lay knowledges of the issues. The model can be used to enhance and identify the value-added parts of the consultation process, in relation to science communication.

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Science communication at the local level
An evaluation of local authority communication strategies

Emma Weitkamp   University of the West of England

Frank Burnet   University of the West of England

Jim Longhurst   University of the West of England

Clare Beattie   University of the West of England

David Gibbs   University of Hull

The authors have devised a theoretical model of the influence of complex science within the Local Air Quality Management consultation process in the UK. The model (Diagram 1) identifies key stages where the nature of the scientific information to be presented has an impact on the mode of presentation, the way in which stakeholders are included in the process, stakeholder interpretation of scientific information and incorporation of lay knowledges of the issues. The model can be used to enhance and identify the value-added parts of the consultation process, in relation to science communication.

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