Themes

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Communication and the environment

This diverse research theme focuses on the many facets of communication in the discussion and presentation of environmental science.  Climate change and climate policy are considered as a part of this research theme, along with...

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Cross-cultural perspectives in science communication

As science communicators, it is important to formulate strategies and increase our understanding when communicating to culturally diverse audiences. This research theme builds on the definition that science communication is “the...

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Fiction, science and the public

This research theme investigates the intersections between fiction, science and the public, where 'fiction' includes fictional stories told through film, television, radio, theatre, novels, short stories, comics and computer...

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Food and agricultural communication

Communication about food is increasingly complex in a world of food-related controversies, amongst fad diets, foodborne illnesses, genetically modified organisms, food scarcity and more.  Effective and reliable communication...

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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. Good science communication ensures that citizens can make well informed and educated decisions and are...

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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 collaborations between people in the arts and sciences are constantly producing new knowledges, and finding new ways to engage people with both the arts and...

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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

Science is integral to governments and evidence-based policy, and scientific research and communication is vital for many government bodies and agencies, from local government all the way to the Commonwealth. This research theme...

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