Why study science communication?
Science is everywhere. It impacts our lives in many different ways. It contributes to solving societal challenges such as climate change, and public health. At the same time, science and technology are more controversial than ever. Findings are easily contested in public. New innovations like synthetic biology or nanotechnology give rise to risks, concerns, and fundamental questions about our lives and ourselves.
Communication plays an increasingly large role in the lives of scientists. To make sure scientists find practical, but also desirable and acceptable solutions for real-world problems, they are often encouraged to bridge scientific disciplines, collaborate with industry and interact with users, consumers, citizens. To maintain a fruitful role in society, they are expected to take part in debates in public and politics.
Science communicators help to support these interactions. They work at the interface between science, technology and society. Examples of professions include: social researchers, science writers, content managers in museums, communication consultants and change facilitators.
Science communication is a one-year specialization that can be studied as a part of two-year science masters at the VU and the UvA.