Workshop: Intertwined roles of science journalism and science communication



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The intertwined roles of science journalism and science communications are in focus on May 2, 2016, in a workshop where representatives from science journalism and science communication along with scientists reflect on their role in public engagement. A special emphasis is laid on science journalism: are science journalists part of the RRI process or outside it?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) calls for societal actors - researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc. - to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

The aim of RRI is to create an R&I environment where societal actors and innovators are mutually responsive to each other and the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability, societal desirability of the innovation process.

Important components of RRI are science communication and public engagement.

Journalists and communicators are watchdogs and critical gatekeepers, but also mediators and communicators of RRI. How do these roles intertwine?

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May 2, 2016, at 13.15

House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki


Welcome and introduction to the theme

Satu Lipponen, emeritus president, EUSJA

Intertwined roles in public engagement
Two debates with an active participation by the  audience

Debate 1. Focus on science journalism
Curtis Brainard, President, World Federation of Science Journalists
Minna Palmroth, Professor, Finnish meteorological institute

Debate 2. Focus on science communication
Merja Porttikivi, PhD, Aalto University and Cooperative Mediakollektiivi
Priit Ennet, President, Estonian Association of Science Journalists

Debates will be moderated by science journalists Berit Viuf and Gorm Palmgren

Wrap-up session

networking, wine and cheese

The workshop will end by 17.00


Registrate here. Registration is open untill April 28



The NUCLEUS project - New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions

Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists 

Committee for Public information / Responsible science communication and authorship-project

EUSJA- European Union of Science Journalists' Associations 

May 2 workshop is the first in a series of NUCLEUS Workshops leading to a EUSJA policy brief on science journalism and RRI.


More information:

Project Manager Iina Kohonen
Responsible Science Communication and Authorship -project
iina.kohonen[at], +358 40 549 2262