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Beyond dissemination - Science communication as impact

Fogg-Rogers, Laura; Grand, Ann; Sardo, Margarida

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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

Ann Grand


The drive for impact from research projects presents a dilemma for science communication researchers and practitioners - should public engagement be regarded only as a mechanism for providing evidence of the impact of research or as itself a form of impact? This editorial describes the curation of five commentaries resulting from the recent international conference 'Science in Public: Research, Practice, Impact'. The commentaries reveal the issues science communicators may face in implementing public engagement with science that has an impact; from planning and co-producing projects with impact in mind, to organising and operating activities which meet the needs of our publics, and finally measuring and evaluating the effects on scientists and publics in order to 'capture impact'.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 29, 2015
Publication Date Sep 29, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Publisher Sissa Medialab
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 1-7
Keywords public understanding of science and technology, science communication theory and models, public engagement with research
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an editorial for a set of invited commentaries written by participants in the 2015 Science in Public conference, held in UWE in July 9th & 10th, 2015


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