JUL 20 | Communicating science effectively today

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The CILAC Forum holds a new virtual meeting on July 20 at 5 p.m. (URU/ARG), focused on science communication, together with leaders from the region. Since its launch, more than 18 thousand people have been part of the meetings of the #CienciaEnMovimiento cycle of CILAC.

Science communication has become a visible and specialized activity, required by the media and expected by the public. In the contemporary world, it has acquired unprecedented dimensions, thanks to the exponential increase in the presence of science and technology in our daily lives. Among other consequences, the pandemic has established another, more familiar and closer relationship between scientific information and everyday life.

But, at the same time, as the density of the science and technology system increases, as well as the complexity of the issues addressed, the clarity of the messages must also be greater, the adjustment of communication to the various audiences that expect it. , the consideration of the ethical limits of the information that is transmitted, the safeguards of the resonances in social networks of scientific communication itself, among other challenges.

The importance of communication “situated” in the local and socio-historical, its reflexivity and self-analysis, its ethical and political sense, seem to be so many facets to explore when talking about science communication that today faces major challenges in research and practice, and that requires a permanent review of its perspectives, enriching its approaches, evaluating its impacts, and updating methodologies, among others. Today, more than ever, science communication must be effective and with clear impact objectives at multiple levels. The need for this is increasing, the learning increasingly necessary, and the challenges increasingly unique.

UNESCO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to the advancement of science, has a special responsibility for promoting this type of reflection, with the intention of promoting a critical and rigorous vision of scientific production, and also of the communication of science. science. The next meeting of the CILAC Forum aims to contribute along these lines, through a dialogue that includes political, academic and scientific perspectives, with the participation of prominent international personalities: Cintia Refojo Seronero (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – FECYT), Yurij Castelfranchi (USP, InCITE) and Ana María Sánchez Mora (UNAM, Postgraduate in Philosophy of Science), with the moderation of Maria Eugenia Fazio (National University of Quilmes).

JUL 20 – 5 p.m. (URU/ARG/BRA) – sign up here to receive a notification about the start of the meeting and other activities of the CILAC Forum

About #ScienceInMotion

Launched in 2020 in virtual format, the CILAC Forum generated a cycle of monthly meetings with leaders from the region to address different topics on the public policy agenda in science and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. Various topics such as the Right to science, bioeconomy, the ethics of artificial intelligence, open science, entrepreneurship and women in STEM, among others, have been addressed in the multiple meetings, which have had the participation of more than 18 thousand people.

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