Recent research shows that Dutch mass media give little attention to science in general and to physics in particular. However, the public wants to know more about physics because of the money spent on research and it also worries about the future owing to what happens in physics. Meanwhile physicists seek public support. A survey carried out of 30 well known physicists from universities and research laboratories and 20 sciencejournalists is done to identify the barriers in popularziation of physics. One of the main problems is that most physicists feel that they are not responsible for the popularization of their science and most journalist expect them to take the initiative.
 

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Jaap Willems   University of Nijmegen

Recent research shows that Dutch mass media give little attention to science in general and to physics in particular. However, the public wants to know more about physics because of the money spent on research and it also worries about the future owing to what happens in physics. Meanwhile physicists seek public support. A survey carried out of 30 well known physicists from universities and research laboratories and 20 sciencejournalists is done to identify the barriers in popularziation of physics. One of the main problems is that most physicists feel that they are not responsible for the popularization of their science and most journalist expect them to take the initiative.
 

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