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Science Communication of the Faculty of Science & Engineering of the University of Groningen: Staff and key actors’ views and practices

Jansen, Ilse (2019) Science Communication of the Faculty of Science & Engineering of the University of Groningen: Staff and key actors’ views and practices. Research Project in Science Communication, Science Education and Communication.

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Abstract

The creation of social impact is one of the core tasks of a university. Science communication is an important tool for linking science and society and making research socially relevant. Over the years there has been an increasing emphasis on the scientist as a public communicator, especially now that creating social impact has become a mandatory part of fund applications. Hence, it is anticipated that universities in general design and implement plans of actions related to science communication and public engagement. In this research I examined how public outreach and science communication is managed within the Faculty of Science & Engineering (FSE) at the University of Groningen, and how scientists (junior and senior) experience science communication. Data were collected via a mixed methods approach: a survey among the research institutes of the FSE (n=5), a survey among PhD students (n=28), interviews with senior scientists (n=7) and interviews with experts in the field (n=2). The analysis of the data illustrate that there is a lack of a shared vision on science communication throughout the university, that a culture of science communication is lacking, and that scientists and institutes would benefit from more support in the following forms: organizational support as well as support from science communication experts.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Project in Science Communication)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Avraamidou, L.L.Avraamidou@rug.nl
Mulder, H.A.J.H.A.J.Mulder@rug.nl
Degree programme: Science Education and Communication
Thesis type: Research Project in Science Communication
Language: English
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2019
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 09:04
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/19762

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