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Practising Science Communication in the Information Age: Theorising Professional Practices

Series: Communicating Science in the Information Age Volume: 2

Edited By: Richard Holliman, Jeff Thomas, Sam Smidt, Eileen Scanlon and E Whitelegg

304 pages, 15 b&w line, 5 b&w Half-tones

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #176967 | ISBN-13: 9780199552672
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What is the impact of open access on science communication? How can scientists effectively engage and interact with the public? What role can science communication have when scientific controversies arise? Practising science communication in the information age is a collection of newly-commissioned chapters by leading scholars and practitioners of science communication. It considers how scientists communicate with each other as part of their professional practice, critically evaluating how this forms the basis of the documenting of scientific knowledge, and investigating how open access publication and open review are influencing current practices.

It also explores how science communication can play a crucial role when science is disputed, investigating the role of expertise in the formation of scientific controversy and consensus. The volume provides a theoretically informed review of contemporary trends and issues that are engaging practitioners of science communication, focusing on issues such as the norms and conventions governing the practices of science communication, and how scientists communicate between disciplines.

Other topics that receive critical treatment include: peer review, open access publication, the protection of intellectual property, the formation of scientific controversy and consensus, the popularisation of science, and the practices of public engagement. A companion volume, Investigating science communication in the information age, provides an ideal introduction to anyone wishing to study contemporary science communication.

Definitely worth reading to learn about the philosophy and models that lie behind science communication. The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre A valuable and much-needed resource. Professor David Gooding, Science Studies Centre, University of Bath Presents a wide-ranging analysis of the nature and importance of communication for maintaining the community of scientists as a community in its own right, and as a community intinmately connected with society as a whole... For me, the two chapters that deal with the importance of books, alone, make this a must-have volume for those interested in science communication today. Steven Miller, Professor of Science Communication and Planetary Science, University College London Provides a rich set of contributions on how digital technologies are helping to transform our understanding of science communication. It is packed with insightful analyses - all in all, a most stimulating read. Michael Reiss, professor of Science Education and the Institute of Education, University of London


SECTION 1 - COMMUNICATING POST-ACADEMIC SCIENCE; 1.1 Scientists communicating; 1.2 Norms and conventions of science communication; 1.3 Patents and the dissemination of scientific knowledge; SECTION 2 - DEVELOPING TRENDS IN SCIENTISTS' COMMUNICATING; 2.1 Science communication across disciplines; 2.2 Communicating physics in the information age; SECTION 3 - ACCESSING CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE; 3.1 Science and the online world: Realities and issues for discussion; 3.2 Access to scientific information; SECTION 4 - CONSENSUS AND CONTROVERSY; 4.1 Peer review in science journals: past, present and future; 4.2 Controversy and consensus; SECTION 5 - POPULARISING SCIENCE; 5.1 Increasing the audience; 5.2 Science communication in fiction; 5.3 Speaking to the world: Radio and other audio; SECTION 6 - PRACTISING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT; 6.1 Managing the development of Dynamic Earth; 6.2 Engaging through dialogue: international experiences of Cafe scientifique

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