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Exploring serendipitous dialogue

Weitkamp, Emma

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Emma Weitkamp
Professor of Science Communication


Over the past decades there has been an increasing recognition of the
need to promote dialogue between science and society. Often this takes the form
of formal processes, such as citizen’s juries, that are designed to allow the public
to contribute their views on particular scientific research areas. But there are
also many less formal mechanisms that promote a dialogue between science and
society. This editorial considers science festivals and citizen science in this context
and argues that we need a greater understanding of the potential impacts of these
projects on the individuals involved, both scientists and the public.


Weitkamp, E. (2014). Exploring serendipitous dialogue. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 13(04),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 19, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 04
Keywords science engagement, dialogue, science communication
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