Scientists' attitudes toward a dialogue with the public: a study using "science cafes"

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2011
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
General STEM
Organization:
Kyoto University
Description: 

Currently, science is developing rapidly and its influence on society is more significant than ever. This is all the more reason for today's scientists to interact with the general public. To design effective science communication activities, we must understand scientists' motivations and barriers to publicly communicating science. In this study, we interviewed 19 early-career scientists who had participated in science cafes in Japan. From these interviews, we identified five factors leading to their reluctance to participate in science cafes: 1) troublesome or time consuming; 2) pressure to be an appropriate science representative; 3) outside the scope of their work; 4) could not perceive any benefit; and 5) apprehension about dialogue with the public. Among these factors, apprehension about dialogue may be the clearest reflection of the scientists' underlying feelings about this form of communication and an indicator of more intrinsic barriers to engaging in science cafes.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
10
Number: 
4
Document:

Team Members

Eri MizumachiEri MizumachiAuthor
Kentaro MatsudaKentaro MatsudaAuthor
Kei KanoKei KanoAuthor
Masahiro KawakamiMasahiro KawakamiAuthor
Kazuto KatoKazuto KatoAuthor

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