Engaging the public with science in the Basque Country: On scientists’ experiences and perspectives

BC3 Policy Briefing [PB/2016-06]

Maria Loroño-Leturiondo and Ibon Galarraga.
“Engaging the public with science in the Basque Country: On scientists’ experiences and perspectives”

Key Points

-Public participation in the development of science and technology is key in modern societies, and scientists’ understanding of their responsibility and agency within this practice is still underexplored.
– Face-to-face forms of science communication are the most commonly reported.
– Scientists see science communication as a social responsibility, and they feel responsible to carry it out well.
– Scientists describe successful science communication as that which, primarily, brings something positive to its audiences.
– Learning about the audience, communicating science-in-the-making, and collaborating with other disciplines (i.e. artists), are seen as the most critical factors for successful science communication.


The BC3 Policy Briefing Series is edited by Mikel González-Eguino and Sebastien Foudí. The opinions expressed in this policy briefing are responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of Basque.Centre for Climate Change (BC3).
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