New practices in science communication: Roles of professionals in science and technology development

Caroline Wehrmann, Anne M. Dijkstra

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    Currently, Science Communication (SC) professionals who are working in the context of science and technology development, have various jobs at universities, government agencies, NGOs and industry. Their positions have changed in recent years, due to developments in science and technology and to social trends. Increasingly, SC practitioners play a role as mediator in participatory processes, or facilitator of stakeholder meetings. These roles require decisions in difficult to manage processes and in situations that are hard to overlook. A decision support system would be able to help them. In this paper we describe the changing role of SC practitioners and the context in which they make decisions. Then we argue which requirements decision support systems must meet in order to support SC practitioners in their decision making processes. Our paper is based on a literature review on professionalization and in-depth interviews with science communication professionals. Our main conclusion is that a decision support system should not only support the SC practitioner‟s instrumental decisions, but should
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of PCST 2014
    Place of PublicationSalvador, Brazil
    Pages-
    Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2014
    Event13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, PCST 2014: Science communication for social inclusion and political engagement - Salvador, Brazil
    Duration: 5 May 20148 May 2014
    Conference number: 13
    http://www.pcst-2014.org/index.php/en/

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    Conference13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, PCST 2014
    Abbreviated titlePCST
    CitySalvador, Brazil
    Period5/05/148/05/14
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    • METIS-307001
    • IR-93061

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    Wehrmann, C & Dijkstra, AM 2014, New practices in science communication: Roles of professionals in science and technology development. in Proceedings of PCST 2014. Salvador, Brazil, pp. -, 13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference, PCST 2014, Salvador, Brazil, 5/05/14.

    New practices in science communication: Roles of professionals in science and technology development. / Wehrmann, Caroline; Dijkstra, Anne M.

    Proceedings of PCST 2014. Salvador, Brazil, 2014. p. -.

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