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Science communication

Understanding who science is for


Scientists are not just obligated to communicate their research and other scientific advances to the rest of society in a one-way flow of information. Rather, they should be aiming to engage non-scientists in meaningful two-way dialogue, helping to create a society in which science is not only better understood, but also challenged, contested, and collaborative.

Our research is concerned with helping to establish such dialogue in a meaningful way. Working with a variety of different publics, from academics and activists to policymakers and local community groups we seek to understand how science is communicated, and who stands to benefit from such engagements.

Science communication research

Multiple voices
In order to solve global interdisciplinary problems, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists need to work-with non-scientists, establishing two-way dialogues that grant agency to all stakeholders. We conduct interdisciplinary research into how best to give voice to those audiences that are traditionally under-heard and underserved by science.

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Making sense of science

Scientific concepts and technological innovations are complex and continue to change how we live. We use a range of research tools to explore how scientific information is ‘made public’, how people ‘make sense’ of science, and the role of trust and values in acceptance or rejection of a technology

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