Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 801-815

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Taking Our Own Medicine: On an Experiment in Science Communication

  • Maja HorstAffiliated withDepartment of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen Email author 

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In 2007 a social scientist and a designer created a spatial installation to communicate social science research about the regulation of emerging science and technology. The rationale behind the experiment was to improve scientific knowledge production by making the researcher sensitive to new forms of reactions and objections. Based on an account of the conceptual background to the installation and the way it was designed, the paper discusses the nature of the engagement enacted through the experiment. It is argued that experimentation is a crucial way of making social science about science communication and engagement more robust.


Science communication Spatial installation Public engagement Experimentation