Public communication of research institutes compared across countries

Public communication of research institutes compared across countries

Author: Marta Entradas – LSE, United Kingdom


  • Martin Bauer – LSE, United Kingdom
  • John Besley – Michigan State University, United States
  • Asako Okamura – Senior Research Fellow, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Japan
  • Giuseppe Pellegrini – Observa Science in Society, Italy

Public communication of research institutes compared across countries

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing tendency within academic and research organisations to turn to the public; and it is surprising how little systematic research exists on how this change is taking place. With a few studies that have looked at PR communications offices in German universities, and their influence in scientists’ visibility in the media, less is known about what is happening at other levels within organisations; not to mention how the activity is developing across countries with very different traditions, commitments and resources for science and science communication.

In this linked session, a group of science communication researchers, will present first hand empirical evidence on the communication function of institutes/units in eight countries (within research universities and large research organisations), and discuss tensions and challenges for science communication. The findings presented here result from the international study ‘MORE-PE- Mobilisation of REsources for Public Engagement’ carried out in Portugal, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA, Brazil, Japan, and China. This will be the first presentation of the results on a comparative level.

The speakers are:

Paper 1 – Marta Entradas –ISCTE- University Lisbon Institute/Visiting Fellow at LSE

Paper 2 – Martin Bauer – London School of Economics (LSE)

Paper 3 – Giuseppe Pellegrini – Italy, OBSERVA Science in Society

Paper 4 – John Besley/Anthony Dudo – USA, Michigan University/ Texas University

Paper 5 – Asako Akamura – National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan

The author has not yet submitted a copy of the full paper.

Presentation type: Linked papers
Theme: Time