Communicating environmental science

Publication date:
October 2012

The general public needs science and innovation to survive, or at least maintain the standards of living it is accustomed to, whilst scientists need public support and trust in order to continue their work. This issue provides a very broad introduction to science communication and engagement. It interrogates the various attempts to strengthen this bond between specialists and non-specialists using science communication. It explores how communication can be achieved through many media. Using art to communicate air-quality science shows us the power of that medium to portray basic concepts or allow the impacts of otherwise invisible pollutants to hit home in a very intimate and personal way.

  1. Editorial: Dissemination and engagement - Phil Holmes
  2. Science communication in a nutshell - Phil Holmes
  3. An audience-focused approach to communicating science - Helen Featherstone
  4. The changing face of science communication in museums - Alex Fairhead
  5. Public attitudes to science - Tom Grinsted
  6. Communicating through crowdsourcing: the community weather network in Hong Kong - Boon-ying Lee
  7. The importance of engaging people in conservation - Becky Day
  8. Dryden Goodwin's Breathe: art, science and the invisible - Sasha Engelmann
  9. Teaching sustainability by embracing it - Chris Dunford
  10. Engaging policy-makers with environmental science - Clare Wilkinson & Emma Weitkamp
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