What knowledge and skills define a professional science communicator?

What knowledge and skills define a professional science communicator?

Author: Elaine Reynoso – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Toss Gascoigne – Australian National University
Alexander Gerber – Rhine-Waal University, Germany
Luisa Massarani – Brazilian Institute of PCST
Ana Claudia Nepote – RedPOP and ENES Morelia, UNAM

Science communicators are required to do an increasing number of tasks, such as constructing a website, planning an exhibition, writing a media release, engaging with different groups of stakeholders such as industry, policy makers and NGOs. Those involved in research or evaluation of exhibits, programmes and activities, encounter methodologically increasing complex approaches which require social science research skills.

How much science do science communicators need in order to perform such tasks properly and how multidisciplinary should this background be?, Can we talk about basic concepts and paradigms, an understanding about the processes, how science works and its role in society?, What other fields of knowledge and skills do science communicators need?,

There are no definite formulas for designing courses and programmes with the purpose of preparing future professional science communicators. The social and cultural context, human and technical resources of the institution offering the programmes and the desired profiles of the graduates are determining factors. However the answer to questions such as the ones mentioned above are essential as a starting point.

Panelists from different backgrounds who have contributed to the development of the field over the years, be it as practicioners or as advisors and creators for science communication programmes, will share their points of view.

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Presentation type: Roundtable discussion
Theme: Science
Area of interest: Teaching science communication