"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.
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
Articles (In Process)