Communicating Science

Communicating Science

A Global Perspective

Edited by: Toss Gascoigne orcid, Bernard Schiele, Joan Leach, Michelle Riedlinger, Bruce V. Lewenstein, Luisa Massarani, Peter Broks

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Modern science communication has emerged in the twentieth century as a field of study, a body of practice and a profession—and it is a practice with deep historical roots. We have seen the birth of interactive science centres, the first university actions in teaching and conducting research, and a sharp growth in employment of science communicators.

This collection charts the emergence of modern science communication across the world. This is the first volume to map investment around the globe in science centres, university courses and research, publications and conferences as well as tell the national stories of science communication.

How did it all begin? How has development varied from one country to another? What motivated governments, institutions and people to see science communication as an answer to questions of the social place of science?

Communicating Science describes the pathways followed by 39 different countries. All continents and many cultures are represented. For some countries, this is the first time that their science communication story has been told.


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  1. Introduction: A global trend, an emerging field, a multiplicity of understandings: Science communication in 39 countries (PDF, 0.2MB)Toss Gascoigne and Bernard Schiele doi
  2. The Timelines: A broad‑brush analysis (PDF, 0.4MB)Bernard Schiele and Toss Gascoigne doi
  3. Africa: Health communication in selected African states from colonial times (PDF, 0.2MB)Margaret Kaseje and Verah Okeyo doi
  4. Aotearoa New Zealand: Participatory science and bicultural knowledge communication (PDF, 1.7MB)Jean S. Fleming, Nancy Longnecker, Rhian A. Salmon, and Daniel C. H. Hikuroa doi
  5. Argentina: Contexts, agents and practices in science communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Carina Cortassa and Cecilia Rosen doi
  6. Australia: The five stages of development of science communication (PDF, 1.3MB)Toss Gascoigne and Jenni Metcalfe doi
  7. Brazil: History, significant breakthroughs and present challenges in science communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Luisa Massarani and Ildeu de Castro Moreira doi
  8. Canada: One country, two cultures: Two routes to science communication (PDF, 0.4MB)Michelle Riedlinger, Alexandre Schiele and Germana Barata doi
  9. China: Science popularisation on the road forever (PDF, 0.3MB)Yin Lin and Li Honglin doi
  10. Colombia: Stories in the history of science communication (PDF, 0.8MB)Sandra Daza-Caicedo, Luisa Barbosa-Gómez, Tania Arboleda-Castrillón and Marcela Lozano-Borda doi
  11. Denmark, Norway and Sweden: Share, make useful and critically discuss: Science communication (PDF, 0.9MB)Per Hetland, Dick Kasperowski and Kristian H. Nielsen doi
  12. Estonia: Science communication in a post-Soviet country (PDF, 0.7MB)Arko Olesk doi
  13. France: ‘The Republic needs scholars!’ A rapid history of making science public in 20th-century France (PDF, 0.3MB)Andrée Bergeron doi
  14. Germany: Continuity and change marked by a turbulent history (PDF, 0.8MB)Hans Peter Peters, Markus Lehmkuhl and Birte Fähnrich doi
  15. Ghana: When individuals refuse to let science communication die (PDF, 1.2MB)Hephzi Angela Tagoe and Thomas Amatey Tagoe doi
  16. India: Tracing science communication in independent India (PDF, 0.8MB)Anwesha Chakraborty, Usha Raman and Poojraj Thirumal doi
  17. Iran: From the ancient world of Elam to modern science communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Seyede Zahra Ojagh and Zarrin Zardar doi
  18. Ireland: Science in a land of storytellers (PDF, 1.0MB)Pádraig Murphy doi
  19. Israel: Developed Science, developing Science Communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Daniela Orr, Avital Baer, Erez Garty, Yaela Golumbic, Maya Halevy, Eitan Krein, Adi Levi, Noam Leviatan, Neta Lipman, Ronen Mir and Ettay Nevo doi
  20. Italy: The long and winding path of science communication (PDF, 2.4MB)Giuseppe Pellegrini and Andrea Rubin doi
  21. Jamaica: Science communication in the land of wood and water (PDF, 1.0MB)Zahra H. Oliphant, Cliff K. Riley, Kerry-Ann C. Curtis, Setu N. Monroe, Aisha D. Jones and Charah T. Watson doi
  22. Japan: Western science and Japanese culture (PDF, 0.3MB)Masataka Watanabe and Mitsuru Kudo doi
  23. Malaysia: Science communication in a pluralistic society (PDF, 2.2MB)Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Noorshamira Shamsuddin and Farahana Nadzri doi
  24. Mexico: From simple and centralised to expansion, diversity and complexity (PDF, 1.0MB)Elaine Reynoso-Haynes, Susana Herrera-Lima, Ana Claudia Nepote and Lourdes Patiño-Barba doi
  25. The Netherlands: From the first science information officers to the Dutch Research Agenda (PDF, 0.3MB)Anne M. Dijkstra, Frans van Dam and Maarten van der Sanden doi
  26. Nigeria: Battling the odds: Science communication in an African state (PDF, 0.7MB)Bankole Falade, Herbert Batta and Diran Onifade doi
  27. Pakistan: Changing landscape of science communication (PDF, 1.0MB)Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Khalil Raza doi
  28. Philippines: From science then communication, to science communication (PDF, 0.6MB)Garry Jay S. Montemayor, Mariechel J. Navarro and Kamila Isabelle A. Navarro doi
  29. Portugal: The late bloom of (modern) science communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Marta Entradas, Luís Junqueira and Bruno Pinto doi
  30. Russia: Russian pendulum: From glorious science propaganda to modest public engagement initiatives (PDF, 1.3MB)Alexandra Borissova and Dmitry Malkov doi
  31. Singapore: An evolving and increasingly complex relationship (PDF, 0.8MB)Denise E. De Souza, Lieu Zi Zhao, Letchumi Mani, Glenn Toh and Benedict Lin doi
  32. South Africa: Science communication throughout turbulent times (PDF, 2.0MB)Marina Joubert and Shadrack Mkansi doi
  33. South Korea: A different exemplar (PDF, 1.4MB)Hak-Soo Kim doi
  34. Spain: Evolution and professionalisation of science communication (PDF, 0.3MB)Gema Revuelta, Vladimir de Semir and Carolina Llorente doi
  35. Taiwan: From nationalising science to democratising science (PDF, 0.3MB)Chun-Ju Huang, Yuh-Yuh Li and Yin-Yueh Lo doi
  36. Thailand: From temples and palaces to modern science communication (PDF, 1.0MB)Ganigar Chen, Wijitra Suriyakul Na Ayudhya and Chanin Suriyakul Na Ayudhya doi
  37. Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to the Republic (PDF, 0.3MB)Gultekin Cakmakci and Sevinc Gelmez-Burakgazi doi
  38. Uganda: Cultural values and modern media as drivers of science communication (PDF, 1.0MB)Ivan Nathanael Lukanda doi
  39. United Kingdom: The developing relationship between science and society (PDF, 0.3MB)Melanie Smallman, Simon J. Lock and Steve Miller doi
  40. United States of America: Science communication in the USA: It’s complicated (PDF, 1.2MB)Bronwyn Bevan and Brooke Smith doi

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