Colombia is a country of contrasts. When I was a little girl, my mother used to cultivate poppies in the backyard so that she could weekly make beautiful flower arrangements for her own house. If today she would continue with the same hobby, she would become a ”suspect”.
     

Colombia is widely known because of its narcoticsdealers, cocaine and poppy cultivation, corruption, poverty and tropical illnesses. Parallel to these people other colombian citizens are convinced that science, technology, and its communication, are the right way to becoming a prosperous country. Even more: some studies indicate that our people are eager to receive health and environment information through the mass media.
     

There is not enough money to sponsor science activities. However, colombian researchers have published internationally on a regular basis and are well known by their peers thanks to their rigorous and serious work.
     

Science communication moves in the same spectrum as science goes. But if we go back nearly 200 years, we realize that one of the first newspapers edited in Santafé de Bogotá, (1808), the Semanario del Nuevo Reino de Granada, was the response of some scientists who wanted to communicate their findings and discoveries about nature and to write some thoughts about climate, geography, agriculture, arts and literature.
     

Science communication is hatching again in different ways: the opening of science centers, the increase number of science fairs, new columns appearing in newspapers and TV programs, are some of its expressions.
     

My paper will give context to current science communication activities through a historical perspective in a country of contrasts.
 

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Science communication in colombia
Not an easy task

Lisbeth Fog   ACPC

Colombia is a country of contrasts. When I was a little girl, my mother used to cultivate poppies in the backyard so that she could weekly make beautiful flower arrangements for her own house. If today she would continue with the same hobby, she would become a ”suspect”.
     

Colombia is widely known because of its narcoticsdealers, cocaine and poppy cultivation, corruption, poverty and tropical illnesses. Parallel to these people other colombian citizens are convinced that science, technology, and its communication, are the right way to becoming a prosperous country. Even more: some studies indicate that our people are eager to receive health and environment information through the mass media.
     

There is not enough money to sponsor science activities. However, colombian researchers have published internationally on a regular basis and are well known by their peers thanks to their rigorous and serious work.
     

Science communication moves in the same spectrum as science goes. But if we go back nearly 200 years, we realize that one of the first newspapers edited in Santafé de Bogotá, (1808), the Semanario del Nuevo Reino de Granada, was the response of some scientists who wanted to communicate their findings and discoveries about nature and to write some thoughts about climate, geography, agriculture, arts and literature.
     

Science communication is hatching again in different ways: the opening of science centers, the increase number of science fairs, new columns appearing in newspapers and TV programs, are some of its expressions.
     

My paper will give context to current science communication activities through a historical perspective in a country of contrasts.
 

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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