International collaboration in science communication: the     case of SciDev.Net              David Dickson,              ...
Our premise:The communication of accurate andaccessible information about science andtechnology, and their contributions t...
Policymakers at all levels need accurate, timely   and reliable information about role of science   and technology in meet...
At the same time …The public understanding of, and   engagement in, S&T ensures open and   democratic debate about the pro...
As a result:The demand for both improved science  communication and improved science  communication skills is increasing r...
•   SciDev.Net is dedicated to helping achieve this.•   Producing the SciDev.Net website has made it    essential to colla...
There is a challenge in making the need for a unified   editorial approach compatible with cultural   differences in attit...
In order to ensure long-term benefits, we are keen to    help build indigenous capacity in science    communication in dev...
We do this firstly through capacity-building material  on the website. For example:                                       ...
Secondly through capacity-building workshops and   internships                                    www.scidev.net
Capacity-building workshopsThese are intended to help build capacity in developing countries to reportaccurately on scienc...
Measurement challenges :Evaluation of improved capacity is carried out through   personal questionnaires.These are address...
Assessing output (in terms of articles posted) and   usage (in terms of articles accessed) can be done   using website sta...
Assessing impact of website output is much more                                            diffi                          ...
Conclusion:•   Improved science communication is essential for    development and requires international    collaboration ...
For more information, and to register to receive  free weekly email alert , visit us at        www.scidev.net For informat...
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)
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  • Surprisingly, this is a relatively new idea. Or rather, it has been around for a long-time – at least since the Atoms for Peace meetings in the 1950s and indeed even earlier, during discussions leading to the creation of UNESCO. But in the 1980s and 1900s it tended to get lost, as multilaterial organisations focussed their priorities on structural adjustment programmes, and international aid agencies swung their attention to the direct alleviation of poverty, arguing that science and research were a luxury. But it we accept this premise, then as a corollary …
  • SCC 2012 International collaborations in sicence communication: what, why and how?; The case of SciDev.Net (David Dickson)

    1. 1. International collaboration in science communication: the case of SciDev.Net David Dickson, Editor, SciDev.Net Science Communication Conference King’s Place, London 15 May 2012
    2. 2. Our premise:The communication of accurate andaccessible information about science andtechnology, and their contributions to innovation,is essential to the objectives of:•achieving economic growth,•reducing poverty, and•enabling environmental sustainability . www.scidev.net
    3. 3. Policymakers at all levels need accurate, timely and reliable information about role of science and technology in meeting development objectives. www.scidev.net
    4. 4. At the same time …The public understanding of, and engagement in, S&T ensures open and democratic debate about the promises they offer – as well as their potentially negative consequences. www.scidev.net
    5. 5. As a result:The demand for both improved science communication and improved science communication skills is increasing rapidly across the developing world www.scidev.net
    6. 6. • SciDev.Net is dedicated to helping achieve this.• Producing the SciDev.Net website has made it essential to collaborate with science journalists and scientific authors across the developing world www.scidev.net
    7. 7. There is a challenge in making the need for a unified editorial approach compatible with cultural differences in attitudes to science www.scidev.net
    8. 8. In order to ensure long-term benefits, we are keen to help build indigenous capacity in science communication in developing countries www.scidev.net
    9. 9. We do this firstly through capacity-building material on the website. For example: www.scidev.net
    10. 10. Secondly through capacity-building workshops and internships www.scidev.net
    11. 11. Capacity-building workshopsThese are intended to help build capacity in developing countries to reportaccurately on science and technology and their contributions to development.
    12. 12. Measurement challenges :Evaluation of improved capacity is carried out through personal questionnaires.These are addressed to:1. Users2. Freelance contributors www.scidev.net
    13. 13. Assessing output (in terms of articles posted) and usage (in terms of articles accessed) can be done using website statistics www.scidev.net
    14. 14. Assessing impact of website output is much more diffi cult bec aus e of the cha llen www.scidev.net ge of
    15. 15. Conclusion:• Improved science communication is essential for development and requires international collaboration between individuals and organisations.• But evaluating this impact in precise terms remains a significant challenge, due to the diffusiveness of the message, the variety of audiences, and the lack of unique impacts. www.scidev.net
    16. 16. For more information, and to register to receive free weekly email alert , visit us at www.scidev.net For information about practical guides, go to: www.scidev.net/en/practicalguidesLondon, 15 May 2012 www.scidev.net

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