In recent years, some sociologists stressed out a transition from an “academic era”of  the  social  institution  of  science  toward  a  “post-academic”  one 1.  During  the academic era, communication between scientists (both the formal and the informal one)  was  a  crucial  part  of  science,  but  was  mainly  intended  as  a  “scientists-only” channel:  science  communication  toward  the  whole  society  was  possible,  but typically  seen  as  an  optional  activity  of  the  scientist.  Today,  moving  toward  a “post-academic”  era,  in  which  scientific  communities  interact  much  more  among each  other  and  with  other  social  institutions,  communication  between  general public  and  scientists  is  growing  and  becoming  more  bi-directional.  Science communication  toward  general  public  is  no  more  a  luxury,  a  pleasant  (or unpleasant) duty, nor just a democratic attitude, but it is becoming a true necessity for scientists and scientific institutions.

A  major  research  project  carried  out  by  the  Science  Communication  School  at SISSA, is trying to find out if and how practice in science journalism is changing following this social transition and if public perception of science and of scientist’s role in society is changing too.

We will present some of our tools in this research project:
-  a science communication media observatory, 
-  an on-line science magazine (Jekyll, http://jekyll.sissa.it
-  a project for an on-line international journal for science communication studies.


 

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Science journalism toward the post-academic era of science

Yuri Castelfranchi   SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies)

Michele Fabbri   SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies)

Pietro Greco   SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies)

In recent years, some sociologists stressed out a transition from an “academic era”of  the  social  institution  of  science  toward  a  “post-academic”  one 1.  During  the academic era, communication between scientists (both the formal and the informal one)  was  a  crucial  part  of  science,  but  was  mainly  intended  as  a  “scientists-only” channel:  science  communication  toward  the  whole  society  was  possible,  but typically  seen  as  an  optional  activity  of  the  scientist.  Today,  moving  toward  a “post-academic”  era,  in  which  scientific  communities  interact  much  more  among each  other  and  with  other  social  institutions,  communication  between  general public  and  scientists  is  growing  and  becoming  more  bi-directional.  Science communication  toward  general  public  is  no  more  a  luxury,  a  pleasant  (or unpleasant) duty, nor just a democratic attitude, but it is becoming a true necessity for scientists and scientific institutions.

A  major  research  project  carried  out  by  the  Science  Communication  School  at SISSA, is trying to find out if and how practice in science journalism is changing following this social transition and if public perception of science and of scientist’s role in society is changing too.

We will present some of our tools in this research project:
-  a science communication media observatory, 
-  an on-line science magazine (Jekyll, http://jekyll.sissa.it
-  a project for an on-line international journal for science communication studies.


 

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