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Here you’ll find all our English language articles. We feature opinions, interviews, discussions and summaries on current trends and topics in science communication. If you have questions or would like to contribute, please contact the editorial team: redaktion@wissenschaftskommunikation.de. If you would like to find out more, please visit our About Us page.

6. Mai 2024 von

Science is a human right – but what does that mean?

Are we overlooking a fundamental human right: the right to science? According to Sujatha Raman, science communication could protect researchers worldwide from attacks.
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22. April 2024 von

The unlikely heroes of climate communication

The British campaign „Climate Science Breakthrough“ reached millions of viewers – using the foul language of famous comedians. Climate campaigner Nick Oldridge on the ingredients for creating viral climate content.
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15. April 2024 von

How corporations exploit the ‘brand’ of science

In a world where scientific progress is often seen as the pinnacle of human achievement, it’s easy to overlook the darker side of the narrative. From climate change denial to the promotion of harmful products – what happens when corporations hijack the credibility of science for their own gain?
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19. März 2024 von

Why we shouldn’t panic about the rise of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are on the rise! Or are they? Surveys and the media have often painted an alarming picture in recent years. This „panic“ is dangerous for a democracy, says psychologist Magda Osman, the reality is much more nuanced.
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27. Februar 2024 von

“It’s not about watering down science, it’s about making it accessible”

As the first CERN scientist on TikTok, Clara Nellist breaks down particle physics research into „little bits of knowledge“. In this interview, she shares how she makes science accessible without compromising accuracy, and how she deals with conspiracy theories about CERN.
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6. Februar 2024 von

“Be prepared to make yourself uncomfortable”

How can science communication raise awareness of inequalities in the knowledge system? Mexican science communicator Alba Sofía Gutiérrez-Ramírez explains what epistemic justice means and why she thinks we need a radical repositioning of science communication.
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15. Januar 2024 von , Gastbeitrag

How are preprints communicated online?

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the field of scholarly communication forever – preprints are now regularly picked up by the media and shared online. Alice Fleerackers and Olivia Aguiar explain how to communicate non-peer-reviewed work responsibly.
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4. Januar 2024 von

“It could prevent things from getting ugly in the keyboard wars”

Nonviolent communication is an approach originally developed by the psychologist Marshall Rosenberg. It can be used as a tool to more efficiently resolve conflicts – and according to conservation scientist Brooke Williams, has great potential for science communication.
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18. Dezember 2023 von

“Most policymakers want a global perspective”

The research and policy worlds are disconnected, says Taylor Scott, a researcher at the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative. To facilitate evidence-based policymaking, she developed an intervention that brings scientists and policymakers together, optimizing science communication for better quality legislation. 
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26. Oktober 2023 von

„Farmers need to be active actors in climate communication“

While scientists, policymakers and activists are very present in the climate dialogue, other voices are less likely to be heard. In her study, İlkay Unay-Gailhard from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyzed how young farmers are using TikTok to get involved the global discourse on agriculture and climate change.
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9. Oktober 2023 von

“Non-traditional formats and discussions can result in a more productive conference”

The 2023 Inclusive SciComm Symposium is the Metcalfe Institute’s third gathering. Dr Ana Porras, a member of the organizing committee, talks about the themes of the upcoming conference and the importance of opening up the field to the global community.
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2. Oktober 2023 von

“Collective action allows us to put pressure on systemic forces”

In May 2020, a diversity task force was founded at an Ecsite conference. Now, #DiverSci has transformed into a movement encompassing international science engagement communities. Lewis Hou, founder of Science Ceilidh and volunteer at #DiverSci’s Community of Practice, shares his vision for a more equitable future.
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28. September 2023 von

“There is something about conspiracy theories that is just fun”

Conspiracy theorists are often seen as a homogeneous group of irrational and dangerous extremist believers. In his research on Reddit, Lars de Wildt found no evidence of rabbit holes and echo chambers. Instead, many people simply liked playing with alternative worldviews.
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20. September 2023 von

Barriers of Climate Communication

What factors prevent junior climate scientists from becoming active in science communication? In this interview, Christel van Eck talks about five main barriers climate scientists have to face and what needs to be done to overcome them.
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18. September 2023 von

Is generative AI biased?

While the development of ChatGPT continues to evolve rapidly, there is an equal rise in headlines declaring that AI perpetuates racial and sexist stereotypes. Kaiping Chen and her team investigated how GPT-3 fared in conversations on controversial science topics as well as other social issues. In our interview, she shares their discoveries.
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14. September 2023 von

A feminist agenda for science communication

Do feminism and science communication go together? Bruce Lewenstein, professor of science communication at Cornell University, says: yes. He argues that integrating a feminist lens into science communication can be transformative.
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