Themes

Communication about food and agricultural sciences

Communication about food is increasingly complex in a world of food-related controversies, and increasingly urgent given the centrality of food to human and non-human life. Research projects in this theme may investigate any...

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Communication and the environment

This diverse research theme focuses on the many manifestations of science communication in the discussion and presentation of environmental matters. Research under this theme may include any science-based environmental...

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Fiction, science and the public

This research theme encompasses a number of research projects investigating the intersections between fiction, science and the public, where 'fiction' includes fictional stories told through film, television, radio, theatre,...

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Health and medical communication

This research theme focuses on aspects of the communication of sciences that are interwoven with health and medical phenomena. Projects investigate such topics as: Differences between lay and science-based health & medical...

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Informal learning, science centres, and social aspects of science education

Research projects in this theme examine aspects of formal and informal science learning that contribute to people's attitudes and relationships to science. Projects may address aspects of the history, function, strengths and...

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New media and science communication

From the advent of the World Wide Web in the 1990s to the explosion in social media in the twenty-first century, new media are increasingly a major focus of science communication practice, in part because they are touted as...

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Organisational science communication

A significant amount of science communication happens within organisations, especially government and non-government organisations who commission and consume scientific research as part of their core business. This research theme...

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Science and the arts

Science and the arts are often thought of as diametrically opposed, but increasingly, collaborations between people in the arts and sciences are producing new knowledges, and finding new ways to engage people with both the arts...

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Science communication and cultural diversity

This research theme builds on the definition that science communication is “the process by which the culture and knowledge of science are absorbed into the culture of the wider community". Research under this theme explores the...

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Science communication theory and practice

As one of the oldest science communication academic departments in the world, CPAS has a deep and abiding interest in both the theory and practice of science communication, and in linkages and contradictions between the two. All...

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Science in the media

This research theme examines the intersections of science, the media and the public. The media in this theme incorporates both traditional print and electronic (radio and television) media, and can often include social media...

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Science, policy and government

Research projects in this theme tackle the interactions between science and government, investigating such matters as communication between these very different entities, the influence of science on government policy, and the...

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