Science Communication in the World

Practices, Theories and Trends

  • Bernard Schiele
  • Michel Claessens
  • Shunke Shi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. National Overviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jenni Metcalfe, Toss Gascoigne
      Pages 19-32
    3. Bernard Schiele, Anik Landry
      Pages 33-63
    4. Fujun Ren, Lin Yin, Honglin Li
      Pages 65-79
    5. Shunke Shi, Huiliang Zhang
      Pages 81-94
    6. Gauhar Raza, Surjit Singh, P. V. S. Kumar
      Pages 139-150
  3. Horizontal Issues

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 313-317

About this book


The wonders of science have a powerful hold on the imagination, yet the challenge of conveying to the public the expanding frontiers of human scientific knowledge grows daily more complex. This analysis of the process has three goals. First, to offer a survey of research conducted in the field of public communication of science and technology (PCST) over the past four decades, in a range of countries. Then—and this second ambition is enabled by the preceding one—it identifies and focuses on the researchers’ varying methods and perspectives. While all countries have, at times and to varying degrees, embarked on extremely ambitious policies to promote and valorize scientific and technical culture, the objectives they pursue must be understood and assessed within specific national contexts. This fact has guided our conceptualization of problems as well as our search for solutions. Our third and final ambition is to establish the trends implicit in these efforts.


Science communication society science communication culture science communication literacy science communication technology science communication trends

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard Schiele
    • 1
  • Michel Claessens
    • 2
  • Shunke Shi
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Communication, École des MédiasUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2., Office of the Director GeneralITERSt Paul Les DuranceFrance
  3. 3.Science Popularization (CRISP)China Research Institute forBeijingChina, People's Republic

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