Can Science Communication Workshops Train Scientists for Reflexive Public Engagement? The ESConet Experience

TitleCan Science Communication Workshops Train Scientists for Reflexive Public Engagement? The ESConet Experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMiller, S, Fahy, D
JournalScience Communication
Date Published2009
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsCAREER , COMMUNICATION , communications , COMMUNICATIVE , deficit , dialogue , media , PUBLIC , SCIENCE , Scientific , SCIENTISTS , WORKSHOPS
AbstractThe European Science Communication Network, between 2005 and 2008, created and delivered original communication training workshops to more than 170 researchers, primarily early-career scientists, to empower them to perform reflexive public engagement activities in various communication situations. The program designed 12 original teaching modules for science communication that not only delivered skills training, including writing for popular audiences and media interview skills, but also developed capacity in, among other areas, risk communication, communicating science in dialogue, and examining controversies within the scientific community. The workshops aimed to encourage scientists to reflect critically on the social, historical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of science. 
NotesMiller, Steve 1 Fahy, Declan 1,2; Affiliation: 1: University College London, U.K. 2: Dublin City University, Ireland; Source Info: Sep2009, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p116; Subject Term: WORKSHOPS (Adult education); Subject Term: COMMUNICATION in science; Subject Term: CAREER development; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS -- Training of; Subject Term: SCIENCE & ethics; Subject Term: COMMUNICATIVE competence; Subject Term: SCIENCE -- Social aspects; Subject Term: SCIENTIFIC community; Author-Supplied Keyword: communications training; Author-Supplied Keyword: deficit model; Author-Supplied Keyword: dialogue; Author-Supplied Keyword: media skills; Author-Supplied Keyword: public engagement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611430 Professional and Management Development Training; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article