Communicating Science in Social Contexts

New models, new practices

  • Donghong Cheng
  • Michel Claessens
  • Toss Gascoigne
  • Jenni Metcalfe
  • Bernard Schiele
  • Shunke Shi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Revisiting Models

  3. Crossing Boundaries

  4. Developing Strategies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 311-320

About this book


Science communication, as a multidisciplinary field, has developed remarkably in recent years. It is now a distinct and exceedingly dynamic science that melds theoretical approaches with practical experience. Formerly well-established theoretical models now seem out of step with the social reality of the sciences, and the previously clear-cut delineations and interacting domains between cultural fields have blurred. Communicating Science in Social Contexts examines that shift, which itself depicts a profound recomposition of knowledge fields, activities and dissemination practices, and the value accorded to science and technology.

Communicating Science in Social Contexts is the product of a long-term effort that would not have been possible without the research and expertise of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Network and the editors. For nearly 20 years, this informal, international network has been organizing events and forums for discussion of the public communication of science.

This valuable tool is recommended for those interested in teaching people how to cope in a society dominated by science and technology, particularly researchers, science journalists, science museum and science centers staff, academic researchers who study aspects of PCST, scientists who interact closely with the public, press and public information officers of scientic institutions, science theater directors, and anyone interested in issues related to science communication.


Innovation communication science communication science education science events science journalism and media science museums and science centers technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Donghong Cheng
    • 1
  • Michel Claessens
    • 2
  • Toss Gascoigne
    • 3
  • Jenni Metcalfe
    • 4
  • Bernard Schiele
    • 5
  • Shunke Shi
    • 6
  1. 1.China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)BeijingP.R. China
  2. 2.European CommissionBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)University of CanberraBruceAustralia
  4. 4.Econnect CommunicationSouth BrisbaneAustralia
  5. 5.Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  6. 6.China Research Institute for Science PopularizationBeijingP.R. China

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