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What role can Athena SWAN play in gender equality and science communication?

Wilkinson, Clare


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Clare Wilkinson
Associate Professor in Science Communication


This essay discusses how gender-focused culture change initiatives developed for science (like Athena SWAN) might offer models for science communication. Such initiatives can seek to mobilise change amongst university departments and practices, but there are also potential pitfalls in such approaches. Using experiences in a department at UWE Bristol as a basis, the article will consider whether such schemes in science offer potential for science communication to reflect on its own gender imbalances.


Wilkinson, C. (2019). What role can Athena SWAN play in gender equality and science communication?. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 18(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Publication Date Sep 30, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 18, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2019
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Publisher Sissa Medialab
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Article Number C06
Keywords Science Communication Athena SWAN Gender Equality
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