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3rd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology

ISBN 9780367483128
Published March 25, 2021 by Routledge
344 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Communicating science and technology is a high priority of many research and policy institutions, a concern of many other private and public bodies, and an established subject of training and education. In the past few decades, the field has developed and expanded significantly, both in terms of professional practice, and in terms of research and reflection. At the same time, particularly in recent years, interactions between science and society have become a topic of heated public and political debates, touching issues like quality and credibility of information, trust in science and scientific actors and institutions and the roles of experts in crises and emergencies. This book provides a state-of-the-art review of this fast-growing and increasingly important area, through an examination of research done on the main actors, issues and arenas involved.

The third edition of the Handbook brings the reviews up-to-date and deepens the analysis. As well as substantial re-working of many chapters, it includes four new chapters addressing enduring themes (science publics, science-media theories), recent trends (art-science interactions) and new proposed insights on science communication as culture and as 'the social conversation around science'. New contributors are added to the group of leading scholars in the field featured in the previous editions.

The Handbook is a student-friendly resource, but its scope and expert contributions will equally appeal to practitioners and professionals in science communication. Combining the perspectives of different disciplines and of different geographical and cultural contexts, this original text provides an interdisciplinary as well as a global approach to public communication of science and technology. It is a valuable resource, notably an indispensable guide to the published work in the field, for students, researchers, educators and professionals in science communication, media and journalism studies, sociology, history of science, and science and technology studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Science Communication as the Social Conversation Around Science

2. Science Journalism: Prospects in the Digital Age

3. Scientists in Popular Culture: The Making of Celebrities

4. Science Museums and Centres: Evolution and Contemporary Trends

5. Science and Technology in Film: Themes and Representations

6. Global Spread of Science Communication: Institutions and Practices Across Continents

7. Scientists as Public Experts: Expectations and Responsibilities

8. Mediatisation of Science and the Rise of Promotional Culture

9. Risk, Science and Public Communication: Third-order Thinking about Scientific Culture

10. Environmentalists as Science Communicators: Advocates and Critics in an Age of Climate Challenges

11. Science Communication as Culture: A Framework for Analysis

12. Communicating the Social Sciences and Humanities: Challenges and Insights for Research Communication

13. Art-science Collaborations, Complexities and Challenges

14. Public Understanding of Science: Survey Research Around the World

15. Public Participation on Science and Technology: Dialogue, Disputations and Collaborations

16. Audiences of Science Communication Between Pluralisation, Fragmentation and Polarisation

17. Evaluating Science Communication: Concepts and Tools for Realistic Assessment

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Massimiano Bucchi is Professor of Science and Technology in Society and Director of Master SCICOMM at the University of Trento, Italy, and has been a visiting professor in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

Brian Trench is a researcher, trainer and advisor on science communication, formerly a senior lecturer and Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University, Ireland.


"The Handbook gives readers valuable insight into science communication research, and merits a place on the library shelves of every university and research institution."
- Review of second edition in JCOM – Journal of Science Communication and Cern Courier

"This work provides a useful introduction to the study of research trends in the public communication of science and technology. It is particularly strong in showing the changes in this field […] With editors and contributors from various parts of the world, the book is particularly sensitive to international issues… Highly recommended."
- Review of first edition in Choice (American Library Association)

"This informative as well as formative book will foster the knowledge of those entering the science communication field or already well established in it, and may even influence their actions in such an important field."
- Review of first edition in Public Understanding of Science