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Heather Doran's The SciCommer: 2 March 2021

1 March 2021

Welcome to your weekly roundup of science communication news and events. It’s March! In the northern hemisphere spring is starting to arrive. The diary, as usual, is very busy. If you are running an event and have recorded it let me know because I would love to feature it.  Please feel free to email me with any updates, events or news you have. I love hearing from people. If you need my email address it is scicommer@gmail.com  Email me (or via Twitter @TheSciCommer) with updates, events or news

News this week

Nature poll has shown that scientists are seeking to work with artists more than ever before, with 40% of 350 respondents saying they had collaborated. The article shares some art-science engagement examples from around the world. 

If you are looking to collaborate with artists, then Eva Amsen has shared some tips on her Share your Sci newsletter.

Viral fake Mars videos on social media are the subject of this article on Inverse. The article illustrates the complexities of sharing science online and how misinformation contributes to problems with trust in science, ‘In a tweet, Mack called debunking things like this Mars video, “the least fun, most frustrating, most soul-destroying kind of science communication to do.”’

The latest edition of Research For All has been published (open access). The journal is focused on engaged research but includes publications on science communication. 

Science Communication Papers of Interest (with the PCST Archive)

In a context of profound social, political and scientific changes, 1900-1938, Vienna was a major centre of popularisation of science. Ulrike Felt in a paper presented to the 1994 PCST conference in Montreal identified the daily newspapers of various political orientations, a new popular science journal (Knowledge For All), popular universities (Volkshochschulen; equivalent to further education colleges in other countries), public lectures and programmes on radio (from 1924), as the main means of science popularisation. Given the heightened class divisions in much of this period Felt observed that “the bourgeoisie as well as the working class had strong interest, although out of different motives, to sustain the increase of scientific literacy”.

Brian Trench, Public Communication of Science and Technology Network President.



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