With our work we tackle the fundamental questions regarding science and risk communication of environmental research:
* How can we make science and risk communication more trustworthy?
* How can we improve science and risk communication to the general public?
* What stories find their way into the media?
* Is it necessary to express our work in terms of disasters?
* Are there possibilities to tell “good stories“ and still show the relevance of our topics?
* How can environmental scientists work together with social and political scientists and
communicators? What can we learn from each other?
* What are the specific information needs of and communication formats for the single target groups
(e.g. public, media, stakeholders, agencies, politians)?
We are working to sustainably improve the dissemination of scientific findings within the researcher's community of SETAC and beyond. We are:
* Collating expertise and experience on science and risk communication within SETAC to identify
those colleagues capable of advising others and giving input to SCIRIC.
* Identifying the special requirements of communication of environmental sciences.
* Reviewing current science and risk communication practices and develop methods, tools, and
strategies tailored to the special requirements of environmental sciences.
* Reviewing the state-of-art in communicating science, adapting and developing novel concepts for a
successful outreach of scientific findings from environmental research.
* Emphasizing the importance of communicating research to all levels of the society as an integrated
part of environmental science.
* Establishing trainings for SETAC members, providing those interested in science communication
tools and strategies to succeed.
For all our activities we consider the tripartite structure of SETAC to ensure proper communication from and to all different parts of the society. We furthermore seek to include members from media, policy and education to integrate their views and perspectives.
All these measures are envisaged to strengthen the value and visibility of SCIRIC within SETAC and its community and getting SCIRIC members involved in consultancy on science and risk communication at the various levels of the science communication process.
Clear communications are necessary to every part of SETAC, and SCIRIC will work closely with all interest groups, committees and specific thematic communities as appropriate on a European and global scale. This will lead to a large pool of properly educated and sufficiently committed environmental scientists communicating SETAC research to all different levels of the society, developing and using target group-specific concepts, which will strengthen SETAC's visibility and reputation in the public. An increase of societal and political impact of SETAC is expected as a result, helping to facilitate our vision of environmental quality.