Quality in science communication


Second edition of the Venice Science Communication Symposia

On the 15th and 16th of January, some of the major international experts in science communication met for the second time, in the context of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. The focus of this year’s Symposium was “Quality in the Communication of Science”.

Coordinated by Massimiano Bucchi (Department of Sociology, University of Trento), the Symposium was organised by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, in collaboration with Observa – Science in Society and with the programme Science, Technology and Society of the University of Trento (STSTN).

Among the participants: Martin Bauer (London School of Economics), Bernard Schiele (Univ. Quebec), Catherine Franche (President of ECSITE), Matt Nisbet (American University), Hans Peter Peters (FJZ), Brian Trench (Dublin City University), Federico Neresini (University of Padova), Julie Clayton (President of the World Federation of Science Journalists), Alan Irwin (Business School Copenhagen).

On the 15th afternoon the debate was opened to some of the Italian most influential science journalists, including Gabriele Beccaria (director Tutto Scienze – La Stampa), Marco Cattaneo (director Le Scienze), Giovanni Carrada (Superquark), Marco Magrini (Nova24-Il Sole 24 Ore), Guido Romeo (Nova24-Il Sole 24 Ore), Elisabetta Tola (Radio3Scienza).

The Symposium also served as the context for the presentation of the new results of a study conducted by Observa regarding the activities of public engagement implemented by some of the European research institutes.

Participants can download some of the presentations given during the symposia (.zip file, password required).

15 january 2009

Scientists‘ evaluation of science journalism and science coverage – indicator of quality? (Hans Peter Peters, Julich Forschungszentrum)

Trends and issues in science communication (Brian Trench, Dublin City University)

Commercialisation of science and its risks (Martin Bauer, London School of Economics)

16 january 2009

Framing science as quality communication (Matt Nisbet, American University)

Engaging The Key to Communicative Effectiveness (Kim Hak-Soo, Sogang University and Korean Academy of Science and Technology).

Some of the themes discussed during the first edition of the Symposium (January 2007) can be found in the volume Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, edited by M. Bucchi and B. Trench, for Routledge.