Scientific Communication and its Publics

 "If you impede the communication of science, you impede science itself." - Dr. Jeff Hutchings, Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

This research theme explores how scientists communicate with one another, with their objects, and with the wider world.

The humanistic study of science in Canada has been particularly interested in the material and cultural aspects of scientific and technological exchange, from the interaction of scientists in early modern coffee houses, to public audiences, to that of government scientists and engineers with local fishers or aboriginals, to the development of Canadian science and technology policy. The study of scientific communication expands upon recent work in media theory, the public understanding of science, the transfer of knowledge across societal domains and competing interpretations, demonstration and questions of matters of fact, popularization, science museums, and science in newspapers and journals.

Recent Canadian and international studies of scientific communication have come to question the dominant model of scientific communication under which only isolated researchers produce scientific knowledge, which is later translated (often into simplified and distorted forms) for a lay population. This dominant model often neglects the extent to which translation into new contexts creates new knowledge, something we would seek to emphasize in our cluster research.

Active Canadian research into this theme will, for example, intensify research on how knowledge is articulated in a Canadian and international perspective, and moves within scientific communities on the one hand and between scientists, public groups, and industry on the other.

Related:

Silencing Scientists. CBC Radio's The Current Feature Oct. 26, 2010

What is the difference between "public" and "publics"?

Canadian Science Policy Centre

Making Publics (McGill)

Canadian Science Writers Association

Canadian Science and Technology Museum

Science Communication/Journalism Programs in Canada

Science Media Centre of Canada

Aldo Leopold Leaders Program 

preparing environmental scientists to engage with the public and interact with the media.                      Article

Council of Canadian Academies

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Upcoming Theme News and Events

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Ontario Node
Social Science, Ideology, and Public Policy in the United States, 1961 to the Present Oct. 17-19 2014 York University The York Node is please to help support this workshop in-kind.DESCRIPTION:Social... [+]

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Université du Québec à Montréal
Till Düppe, Sciences économiques, UQAM et E. Roy Weintraub, Economics, Duke University Discussion autour de leur livre Finding Equilibrium (Princeton University Press, 2014)  Commentateurs:... [+]

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"The Maritimes Birth of Creation Science" Tuesday, Oct 21st at 7:30pm Alumni Hall, University of King’s CollegeRonald Numbers is Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine Emeritus at... [+]

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Université du Québec à Montréal
Emilien Schultz, Laboratoire GEMASS, Université Paris Sorbonne L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) a-t-elle une politique scientifique? Commentateurs: Yves Gingras (Histoire, UQAM) et une... [+]

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Ontario Node
Friday November 14 :: Citizen Science Pt 2 of the Activating Evidence Technoscience Salon ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE, 180 Shaw Street, 4-6 p.m. [+]

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Université du Québec à Montréal
Frédéric Bouchard, Philosophie, UdeM et Philippe Huneman, Histoire et philosophie des sciences, CNRS Discussion autour de leur livre From groups to individual (MIT Press, 2013)... [+]

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Université du Québec à Montréal
Documentaire La nouvelle production de la connaissance - 20 ans après avec Camille Limoges, membre émérite du CIRST En collaboration avec l'ACFASjeudi 11 décembre 2014 salle À CONFIRMER [+]

Past Theme News and Events

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Situating Science Fall Newsletter Read our latest newsletter here. [+]

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Yves Gingras, Histoire, UQAM Discussion autour de son livre Controverses (CNRS, 2014) Commentateurs: Jean-Guy Prévost (Science politique, UQAM) et Vincent Guillin (Philosophie, UQAM) affiche vendredi... [+]

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The Spaces of Science Workshop University of Saskatchewan Sept. 5-6 2014 An international workshop exploring the spaces of science from the Renaissance to the 20th century. From ships to sillicon... [+]

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Siutating Science Summer School 2014: Science in Human Contexts June 22-26 2014 Elbow Lake Nature Conservancy of Canada Reserve Elbow Lake, Ontario, CanadaCall for applications Description Format... [+]

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Hype in Halifax Current Biology Vol 24 No 8 Article on the Hype in Science event in Halifax December 7, 2013 (In Documents section below)   [+]

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Evidence: Wanted, Dead or Alive Stathis Psillos, Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Western University Wed. April 16 2014, 5 PM Room 001, Emmanuel... [+]

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Those Who Have the Gold Make the Evidence: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Clinical Trials Joel Lexchin, Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University Thursday, April 10 2014,... [+]

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From the ‘Bankruptcy of Science’ to the ‘Death of Evidence’: Science and its Value Stathis Psillos, Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Western... [+]

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Teaching About Science Part 7: How to Work Together March 28, 2014 11:30-12:15pm Alumni Room, University Club, Dalhousie University 6259 Alumni Crescent (off of South Street), Halifax, NSPanel... [+]

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Teaching About Science Part 6: Teaching About Images. March 21, 2014 11:30-12:15pm Games Room, Dalhousie University Club 6259 Alumni Crescent (off of South Street), Halifax, NSPresenter: Jim Brown (... [+]

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Patents, Progress, and Commercialized Medicine Jim Brown, Professor of Philosophy at University of Toronto Thursday, March 20 2014, 7:30 PM Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King’s... [+]

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Congratulations to Atlantic Node manager Ford Doolittle for winning the NSERC Herzberg Medal for "sustained excellence and influence" in Canadian research that has "substantially advanced" science or... [+]

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Teaching About Science Part 5: Teaching About Ethics March 14, 2014 11:30-12:15pm Alumni Room, University Club, Dalhousie University 6259 Alumni Crescent (off of South Street), Halifax, NSPresenter:... [+]

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Articles and radio interviews with Scott Findlay related to his talk on Governing in the Dark: Evidence, Accountability and the Future of Canadian Science, Part 3 of The Lives of Evidence national... [+]

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Teaching About Science Part 4: Teaching About Research March 7, 2014 11:30-12:15pm Alumni Room, University Club, Dalhousie University 6259 Alumni Crescent (off of South Street), Halifax, NSPresenter... [+]