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Heather Doran's The SciCommer: 16 February 2021

19 February 2021

Faxes, mascots, and manga: Science communication in Japan. You might think of Japan as being high-tech but some things might surprise you published by Physics Today (a great article). Email me with updates, events or news

News this week

How the emoji could help democratise online science dialogue published on The Conversation South Africa 😀.

Play ‘Cranky Uncle’ a game to build resilience against misinformation.

The British Society for Immunology has launched a free, easy to read guide to vaccinations for COVID-19 for the public. 

‘Science outreach in my mother tongue’ on Nature.com, two scientist communicators share their story of working with the Native Scientist project. 

Here’s a free calendar available in Spanish and English to put all the important dates in from the diary below. It was made by Astrophysicst and Science Communicator Dr Martha Irene Saladino to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 

The University of Oregon has offered small grants to tackle issues in science communication (it looks like there is a local focus - interesting idea!) this storylooks at one looking at how vaccine-hesitant individuals respond to different messaging.

Science Communication Papers of Interest (with the PCST Archive)

At a time when dialogue was being promoted as the definition of good science communication, people attending public talks on astronomy in Cambridge, England, were not so convinced of dialogue’s value.

In a paper presented to the 2012 PCST conference in Florence, Vickie Curtis reported that survey responses showed the audiences valued new learning most, some suggesting this was a precondition for dialogue.

However, she also noted that new communication technologies showed “the potential for some innovative approaches that increase the opportunity for dialogue and active participation between professional and amateur astronomers, and other members of the public”. 

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


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