Session 5D- Bridging the gap between research and practice

Room 3.24

Panel Discussion

Katie Steckles (Freelance/Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Leucha Veneer (UCLAN, UK); Jo Bailey (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand); Rhian A Salmon (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

 Practitioners of science outreach should be able to benefit from the work of researchers, and vice versa - but how do we bridge this gap? How can practitioners access the outcomes of research in order to inform their practice, and how can researchers make use of practitioners' experience and involve them in research? How do these aims fit with busy schedules, and how can we make collaboration easier? This session will consist of a paper presentation followed by a panel discussion, and include a range of perspectives from research, practice and design - all of whom are attempting to bridge this gap.

This session includes the following presentation

Reflexivity by design: tools to build bridges between theory and practice in science communication

Jo Bailey (Centre for Science in Society, Victoria University of Wellington / Massey University College of Creative Arts, Aotearoa New Zealand) and Dr Rhian Salmon (Centre for Science in Society, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand)

Science communication has become increasingly strategic, yet many scientist-communicators lack the support, training and professional recognition to design effective thoughtful and theoretically-informed public engagement. This research considers reflexivity as a mechanism for changing the focus of PE, through exploration of the situational context and personal assumptions that implicitly influence researchers both in their research, and in their communication. Working with Te Pūnaha Matatini (a cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional research network) and two other case studies, we utilised perspectives and approaches from science, PEST and design to interrogate the role that reflexivity might play in informing how PE is designed and delivered, including encouraging audience-centricity and dialogue.