Connecting Science with People: Creating Science Communication that Matters
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 20389
Interests: frameworks for science communication; communication of science in online videos and social media; communication of science in national parks
We are pleased to invite you to consider contributing to the following Special Issue of Sustainability on the topic of “Connecting Science with People: Creating Science Communication that Matters”.
This Special Issue will consist of a select group of contributors handpicked because they have something innovative and new to say about the field of science communication. The purpose of the issue is not to present science communication as it is, but to demonstrate what it can be—in other words, to interrogate it, to prod it, and to illuminate where it can go in the future. Hence, it will contain papers that examine the dogma that has arisen in the field, papers that present new frameworks or test alternative theories, and papers that provide new directions for fruitful research. As such, it is sure to be a controversial and—if done as well as planned—a well-cited collection of papers that deal with the big issues facing our field.
There has never been a more critical time for the sustainability of the Earth, including human beings, which depends on our understanding of science and technology. On one level, science and technology are at the heart of all the problems facing the world, from pandemics to pollution, from declining biodiversity to increasing poverty, from habitat destruction to burgeoning obesity levels, all of which have the use or misuse of some aspect of science or technology is at its core. Conversely, and rather fortuitously, science and technology also hold the keys to solving those problems. For such solutions to succeed, however, it is important that the public understand science (e.g., there is little value in producing a vaccine if people will not use it). The problem is that science can appear dense and hard for ordinary people to get their heads around. That is where science communication comes in: It acts as a bridge that facilitates exchange and understanding between scientists and the public.
Over the last 40 years, the academic field of science communication has emerged. Like all new disciplines, it began with good intentions but little data. Ideas were put forward and batted around in the academic form of natural selection. From that process, certain concepts have become prominent in science communication, dogma even, though a real theoretical framework upon which to hang them still eludes much of the discipline. The time for a rigorous self-examination is long overdue, and this Special Issue aims to start that process.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and commentaries are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: examination of the dogma that has arisen in the field of science communication; papers that present new frameworks or test alternative theories; papers that examine how best science should be marketed; papers that consider science communication’s involvement in bringing about behavioral change to drive sustainability; and papers that provide new directions for fruitful research.
We expect it to be a curated collection of papers that deal with the big issues facing the field of science communication and, thus, the significant issues that will help to determine whether science can be a stumbling block or a steppingstone for the future sustainability of our species and planet.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Prof. Dr. Lloyd Spencer Davis
Dr. Wiebke Finkler
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