Wissenschaftskommunikation International

Ein Blick über den Tellerrand: Wie wird Wissenschaftskommunikation in anderen Ländern betrieben? Wie wird sie von der Bevölkerung wahrgenommen? Wieviel Einfluss haben Sprache und politische Systeme? Damit beschäftigt sich dieser Schwerpunkt. Foto: Guillaume de Germain

Das war der Schwerpunkt Wissenschaftskommunikation International

Braucht es ein globales Zentrum für Wissenschaftskommunikation? Welche Perspektiven gibt es im Globalen Süden auf das Feld – und welche Hürden zu überwinden? Ein Überblick über die Themen, die im Schwerpunkt Wissenschaftskommunikation International wichtig waren.
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“The language diversity in India presents a complex challenge”

The „Superheroes against Superbugs“ project aims to raise awareness of the urgent global health threat posed by microorganisms that are resistant to the effects of antimicrobial drugs. Project leader Sarah Iqbal talks about why the problem is particularly urgent in India and how science communication in India has developed over the last five years.
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“It’s not just about science, it’s about the values”

Why do we need Indigenous science communication? Using Nigeria as an example, Temilade Sesan and Ayodele Ibiyemi explain where Western-style science communication reaches its limits and why it is important to refocus the attention on Indigenous knowledge and traditions. 
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A shared European effort for excellent science communication

There is a new kid on the block in the European science communication community. The COALESCE project consortium obtained funding from the European Commission to establish cooperative relationships all throughout Europe. Jason Pridmore, the project coordinator, shares his vision for the next steps.
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“A lot of my colleagues from Turkey have to censor themselves.”

Gülay Türkmen, sociologist at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, has had many academic homes. Here she reflects on the scientific communities she experienced in Turkey, the US and Germany, communicating in different languages and her strategy to address sensitive issues.
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Unlocking the Potential of Global Science Communication

Is a global center going to revolutionize science communication? An interview with science communication experts Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne, who emphasize the importance of diverse cultures, knowledge systems, and inclusive approaches. 
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World of Colliding Visions

How does science communication in Latin America look like? Claudia Aguirre Ríos and Sergio de Régules highlight context-specific challenges, historical milestones, and scientific legacy in their guest article.
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Creating Our Future – A national conversation on research in Ireland

How can the public get involved in science? Creating our Future called on people in Ireland to submit ideas for science in 2021. Ciara Cotter of the Science Foundation Ireland reports on the results and themes that emerged from the nationwide survey.
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“Academic freedom is only in retreat if we retreat”

From the displacement of Ukrainian researchers due to the Russian war, the exclusion of women and girls from the Afghan education system and the silencing of dissenting scholarly voices in Turkey and Syria – the news is full of the violent targeting of academic communities. But there are also more subtle threats at play. Robert […]
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„Man sollte nicht für sich beanspruchen, alles besser zu wissen“

Am Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ) in Tokyo wird zum modernen Japan geforscht. Wie das Institut seine Wissenschaftskommunikation ausbauen will und was Deutschland und Japan voneinander lernen können, erklärt der Wissenschaftskommunikator des Instituts, Torsten Weber, im Interview.
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“Often people communicate despite rather than thanks to the current policy.”

The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Robbert Dijkgraaf announced a new science communication centre in May 2022. Ionica Smeets and Alex Verkade, the coordinators of the new national centre, recently presented their action plan to the minister. We spoke with Ionica Smeets about the challenges they faced, the data they collected and their […]
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„In the Arab world, people believe in science“

What are the main issues, challenges and debates in the field of science communication in the Arab world? Are there any differences compared to Western countries? Mohamed Elsonbaty Ramadan, co-founder of the Arab Forum of Science Media and Communication and vice president of the PCST Network, provides an overview of current issues and discussions.
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10 Years „Native Scientist“

For ten years, Native Scientists has aimed to break down barriers to science and give migrant children equal opportunities. Joana Moscoso, co-founder and director, talks about the value of language, the feeling of „giving something back“ and her plans for further professionalization.
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“There are some specific ingredients that make it a successful project”

The Conversation aims to provide independent, research-based news to the public, written by experts with the support of journalists. An interview with Damian Thompson about the global development of the project over the last ten years and why it is so important to them to reach out to young people in particular.
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„Science is not always the solution“

What does science communication look like in Australia? Joan Leach talks about the historical development of the field, professional practice, research, challenging issues, the role of indigenous knowledge – and why she thinks it is often nonsense to talk about trust in science.
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Lernplattform QUEST Toolkit

Wie gelingt effektive Wissenschaftskommunikation? Dieser Frage widmeten sich Experten*innen der Wissenschaftskommunikation im von der europäischen Union geförderten Projekt QUEST. Sie entwickelten ein umfangreiches Toolkit, das Wissenschaftskommunikator*innen, Journalist*innen und Forschenden viel Unterstützung bei ihrer täglichen Arbeit bieten soll.
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“The hegemony of the white, Western paradigm is so glaringly obvious”

The international science communication landscape is still shaped by European centricity and notions of superiority, says the science communicator Elizabeth Rasekoala. In the interview she talks about the normativity of ‘white innocence’, the emancipative ideas of Afrocentricity and the need to recognize different forms of knowledge. 
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“I am fighting against the politicisation of science”

Are scientists becoming too political? Fiona Fox, director of the British Science Media Center, raises concerns about the increasing overlap between research and advocacy. She asks: How do you defend science against politicisation if scientists themselves want to be political?
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„Tobacco industry-funded research needs to be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism“

Science for profit? Tess Legg and her research group have been investigating the strategies used by different industries to influence science. In a survey, they found that the British public has a surprisingly high level of trust in research that is funded by the tobacco industry. 
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“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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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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“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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