Dear scientists (and science communicators),
As I will be hosting a workshop (here’s the program of the workshop – in German – but please note that it is fully booked) under the assumption that there is a growing pressure on scientists to talk to the public (I’ll refer to this kind of communication as „science-to-lay“ communication, S2L), I’d like to gather evidence and opinions about this assumption. I am distinguishing S2L communication from „science-to-science“ communication, S2S, the latter being an integral part of the scientific process.
So, dear scientists and communication experts, please leave a reply here at this blog post or email me at josef.zens and add gmx.de. Ich freue mich auch über Antworten auf Deutsch! Englisch habe ich gewählt, weil ich gerne möglichst viele Wissenschaftlerinnen (Männer mitgemeint) erreichen will.
My questions are:
Do you, as scientists or communicators, share the impression that there is a mounting pressure on scientists to do S2L communication?
Has there always been some pressure? Is it mounting?
If so, could you please specify how exactly this pressure manifests itself. Is , for instance, anyone approaching you and asking you to communicate more or to blog and tweet?
Who excerts this pressure: the communications departments and press offices? Or the directors / heads of the institutes or universities? Or some other stakeholders such as funding bodies, ministries etc.?
How do you personally react to this pressure?
If you don’t feel any pressure and still have read this far, please also reply: Do you follow this debate about a growing necessity for S2L communication?
And to all of you: Feel free to add your thoughts on this topic.
Thank you so much.