Thomas and I proposed a session for SETAC Europe next year in Brussels.
Science and risk communication - where do we stand and where do we go from here?
Nowadays, science and risk communication is widely recognized as an important responsibility of scientists. Successful science communication can be a powerful tool and has the potential to provide a better understanding of your field of research and its relevance to society - which is beneficial for all participating sides. Within environmental and ecotoxicological science and research this is of particular interest since our field is linked to many levels of everyday life. We should not rely on science journalism or the initiatives of a distinguished group of scientists to be solely responsible for the understanding of our research. However, acknowledging the importance of communication does not make us good communicators. So how do we learn skills and how do we choose the right communication strategy depending on our audience and the information we want to disseminate? How do we avoid misunderstanding and raising wrong concerns? Together with you we want to develop, demonstrate and concepts of good communication for our community. This session is aimed at collecting experiences and focuses the expertise on science and risk communication within SETAC. Did you have a communication strategy within your research project that worked? Or did your communication strategy not work and you would plan it differently in the future? Share your experiences, show your concepts and discuss with your peers about it. We seek to initiate a lively discussion between the presenters and the audience. Listeners are encouraged to report their own cases, issues or experiences.
Did anyone else from SCIRIC propose a session?
Leonie and Thomas