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An Inclusive History of Science Communication

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 15 September 2021

This course is part of the Lifeology University SciComm Program

  • Author: Siddharth Kankaria
  • Reviewers: Marina Joubert & Bruce Lewenstein
  • Artist: Arghya Manna

A flashcard course, where you will learn a brief, but inclusive history of science communication

The script of the course is shaped in form of a discussion among students of scicomm, an includes 51 cards

  • Cards 2 to 17 - serve as an introduction to the history of science communication and public engagement, talking about public trust in science trough a series of examples of public controversies with science in the last decades, and introducing the deficit, dialogue and participation models
  • Cards 18 to 25- serve to explain how the history of science communication goes back much further (even thousands of years) by introducing a variety of examples from different dates, cultures and geographical regions.
  • Cards 26 to 45 - show a series of examples that serve to emphasize the idea of how much modern science communication can learn and from traditional knowledge and indigenous practices, the importance of scientists listening to peoples concerns (regarding issues such as health, sanitation, energy, etc) and how working with artists and social activists can help improve the efectiveness of science communication and engagement.


Summary by the author:

History teaches us that there is a wide variety of approaches to science communication. Ultimately, the most impactful forms of science communication throughout history have involved communicators who listened to their audiences, built meaningful relationships and trust, and worked with others to make scientific knowledge more inclusive, accessible, and relevant! 


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