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PCST Webinars

Social inclusion and science communication

Thursday 30 July 2020

The following is a transcript of the Chat discussion from the webinar.

From alice fleerackers : What were the names of these two scholars? (Spelling?)

From Luisa Massarani : @alice, the one in the left is Liz Rasekoala

From alice fleerackers : Thank you!

From Bruce Lewenstein : JCOM article by Liz Rasekoala and Lindy Orthia: Raseakoala, Elizabeth, & Orthia, Lindy. (2020). Anti-racist science communication starts with recognising its globally diverse historical footprint. Retrieved from https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/07/01/anti-racist-science-communication-starts-with-recognising-its-globally-diverse-historical-footprint/

From alice fleerackers : perfect. Thank you @Bruce

From Bruce Lewenstein : Oops, sorry, that's their joint blog post. Lindy's JCOM article: Orthia, Lindy. (2020). Strategies for including communication of non-western and indigenous knowledges in science communication histories. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 19(2), online only, at https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/19/02/JCOM_1902_2020_A1902. doi:https://doi.org/10.22323/2.19020202

From alice fleerackers : Great!

From emily dawson : Thanks Bruce :) I've got notes of the talk typed out, happy to share (including the reference list) if helpful, just drop me an email = emily.dawson [AT] ucl.ac.uk :)

From Bruce Lewenstein : @Emily, thanks! Great talk!

From Alex Gerber : @Emily: You seemed confident that there is an encouraging amount of socially inclusive scicomm practices. While I would generally agree, wouldn't the challenge of _structural_ inequalities also require effectiveness of our communication on (science) policy? And if so, would you still be as confident to see as many best practices as in practice? Are scicomm researchers and practitioners sufficiently aware of the need for such policy impacts?

From Heather Doran : thank you @emily. I want to ask if you've had any thoughts about how some of what you mention might be achieved as we continue in this socially distanced world. Personally I have experienced and shared so much with people when able to meet and now in this restricted environment how might socially inclusive scicomm evolve? - side note I have a big concern despite the need for science communication that has been highlighted in this crisis that jobs, employment and funding will be challenging going forward.

From alice fleerackers : @Emily how do we move towards more inclusive science communication when we don't have inclusive science (e.g. in terms of who gets to do science research, where it is published, who is researched, etc...)?

From alice fleerackers : Key fact: radio is THE most accessible media/communication format worldwide —> great for inclusive scicomm

From Bruce Lewenstein : @Noni, great comments. I'm curious what tools you've been able to draw on from projects elsewhere in the world -- what are the practical guides we might build on?

From Bruce Lewenstein : And what are the guides you've developed in Africa, given lack of guides elsewhere?

From Ann Grand : @Bruce - there is a paper in Wellcome Open Research which drew on the expertise of the KEMRI group https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/4-180

From Bruce Lewenstein : @Ann, Thanks!

From Julia Taguena : I would like to ask to Emily and the panel about a more participatory approach, perhaps we could learn from anthropologist on how to include the local stakeholders..

From Maja Horst : for some time I have been thinking about how we might want to do something more on the T in PCST - ie. thinking more about communication of science AND technology. Do any of you think this might also be an advantage for inclusiveness - given that Science to many seems like a very distant, abstract thing and it might be easier to engage with questions of technology (not just tech - but all technologies...)?

From evangelia chordaki : thank you all! I would like open a small discussion about how we study inclusive science communication practices in a historical perspective. We do have examples even from the 20th century, where different social groups communicated science. And I think that to study these practices we need new methodological tools and maybe a different culture (i.e. even the archives are difficult to find- they are not the "traditional" archives, there are no collections and sometimes people that were involved they do not feel safe to share their stories - we need to establish trust relations as researchers). Just some thoughts! Thank you for sharing so interesting points!

From Luisa Barbosa : what Andres mentions is Citizen science in the EU, which I think is a very powerful tool for inclusion, if very well designed and performed.

From Andrés Roldán : It is important to acknowledge the role of communities as a critical piece into building new knowledge…when scientist recognize this critical role, it allows to also empower communities with ownership, identity and rigorous useful collaboration. A vision of decentralizing benefits of science

From Jessica Norberto Rocha : Hi, all, how are your studies addressing people with disabilities and access and participation in scicomm?

From emily dawson : Evangelia, have a look at this re: histories of science communication = https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/19/02/JCOM_1902_2020_A02

From Heather Doran : sorry 🤭 I know this question is extremely tough but it is the one that those in practice are grappling with. Our approach is to continue where we have already developed relationships but I am also now thinking about what we do in planning for the next 6 to 12 to 2 years 🙂

From Heather Doran : thanks for your response @emily

From emily dawson : Heather, here's the Traces paper = https://www.ecsite.eu/activities-and-services/news-and-publications/digital-spokes/issue-63#section=section-indepth&href=/feature/depth/responding-pandemic-social-justice-perspective = some more practical bits after an initial rant…. :) I don't think it will be straightforward though as we go forward

From Albertha Joseph-Alexander : Question- What practical steps can be taken as an organisation to ensure PCST is increasing in geographical inclusivity?

From Bruce Lewenstein : Thanks to all the speakers -- really great ideas and provocations here.

From Heather Doran : thank you all!

From Noni Mumba : Thank you for the question Bruce. Some tools that we have borrowed include - online engagement platforms such as 'I Am a Scientist Get Me Out of Here' which has become a hit with our students in Kilifi Kenya. in terms of guidelines, we have Institution level engagement guidelines, but have also developed a joint WHO GPP-EP guideline for engagement during COVID-19 times...you could also visit MESH Engagement website by Wellcome https://mesh.tghn.org/

From ana Nepote : Thank you all! It has been a great way to start this day

From Bruce Lewenstein : @Noni, thanks!

From Clare Wilkinson : Thank you for all of the insightful contributions and questions.

From Carlo Gubitosa : Thanks to all the speakers for their valuable contributions.

From Anne Dijkstra : thanks everyone for your contributions!

From emily dawson : Thanks for inviting me, wonderful to 'see' everyone :)

From Luisa Barbosa : Replying to Albertha's question: Question- What practical steps can be taken as an organisation to ensure PCST is increasing in geographical inclusivity? I think we are realizong that virtuality offers some possibilities ;)

From Noni Mumba : Thank you all for your thought provoking questions! Happy to have been involved.

From Heather Bray : Massive thanks to the panel!

From Vickie Curtis : Many thanks to all of the speakers and the organisers.

From Nancy Longnecker : Thank you all!

From Luisa Barbosa : Thanks!!!

From Stefania Varano : Thank you all!

From Anne Dijkstra : all topics are interesting

From Anja Schoch : Bye, thanks a lot!

From Scott Keir : thanks to all! bye!

From E. Stevenson : Thank you

From alice fleerackers : Thanks everyone!

From Debora T S Menezes : Thanks everyone for the wonderful insight

From Elizabeth Toon : thank you

From Julia Taguena : Bye and best wishes