Session 2C- Policy and practice 1: national perspectives on global issues

Room 3.23

Ignoring the evidence: the prevalence of the deficit model in Australia  

Isabelle Kingsley (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Despite 30 years of evidence discrediting the deficit model, it appears to persist in Australia. Our study surveyed 306 activities across Australia during the nation’s annual National Science Week and found 71% of the activities classified as deficit model. Impact assessment on a subset of these activities suggests that subjects involved in participatory-like activities show greater changes in views of scientific practice following the activity compared to subjects involved in deficit-like activities. Qualitative survey data indicate that participatory activities may disrupt common public misconceptions about scientific practice by exposing subjects to the true nature and processes of science.

In Search for a new Identity of Science Communicators in Russia: Between Science Propaganda and Popular Science Communication

Alexandra O. Borissova (ITMO University, Russia)

After the Soviet period of the science propaganda, nowadays in Russia we are witnessing a remarkable transformation of this ecosystem from purely deficit model into complicated hybrid practices. We study those who are a driving force of this transformation, i.e. Russian science communicators as an emerging social group. Based on the survey of the members of the national Association for Science Communication (AKSON), we describe their identity, values, beliefs and self-representations. We argue that they identify themselves balancing between non-reflexive scientific knowledge transfer and promoting rational and critical thinking as specific social and cognitive norms and differ drastically from the scientific community itself.

Science communication from perspective of three crucial groups: science communication practitioners, scientists and science journalists

Markéta Hrabánková (Charles University, Czech Republic)

The engagement between communicators and scientists can be perceived as a challenge, but not the only one. Therefore, this study aims to research the perspectives of these groups including journalist’s perspective. What is their approach to science communication, media and public? Do they meet each other’s requirements? What do scientists expect from journalists and vice versa? Semi-structured expert interviews enable to uncover specific insights and get a new information about community. This could lead to removing some potential obstacles in communication. This research focuses on situation in Czech Republic (STEM) in believe the global science can benefit from local findings.

Engaging India with Science

 Siddharth Kankaria (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)

India has always been an eclectic potpourri of plurality. But such an incredible diversity of socio-cultural identities also poses a unique challenge for engaging the Indian publics with science. Providing a practitioner’s eye view of the context and challenges of doing science engagement in a country like India, I will briefly discuss the role of factors like scale, language, medium, literacy, and science capital in designing and implementing such endeavours. The presentation will also highlight some of the ‘local’ science communication and public engagement initiatives currently navigating this socio-cultural landscape, and collate learnings that could be implemented more ‘globally’.