A question of dialogue? Reflections on how citizen science can enhance communication between science and society

Wagenknecht, Katherin; Woods, Tim; Nold, Christian; Rüfenacht, Simone; Voight-Heucke, Silke; Caplan, Anne; Hecker, Susanne and Vohland, Katrin (2021). A question of dialogue? Reflections on how citizen science can enhance communication between science and society. Journal of Science Communication, 20(3), article no. A13.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20030213

Abstract

Citizen science is a transdisciplinary approach that responds to the current science policy agenda: in terms of supporting open science, and by using a range of science communication instruments. In particular, it opens up scientific research processes by involving citizens at different phases; this also creates a range of opportunities for science communication to happen This article explores methodological and practical characteristics of citizen science as a form of science communication by examining three case studies that took different approaches to citizens' participation in science. Through these, it becomes clear that communication in citizen science is ‘÷always’ science communication and an essential part of “doing science”.

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