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Science Communication 2.0: changing University attitude through Science research groups

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The University of Girona has been promoting the so-called Program UdG 2.0 for tha last year. This is not just a complement to web 1.0 (e.g., traditional news-and-content website), but a change in …

The University of Girona has been promoting the so-called Program UdG 2.0 for tha last year. This is not just a complement to web 1.0 (e.g., traditional news-and-content website), but a change in attitude that involves research groups as the core facilitators of science communication and hence of University communication. Our university is willing to be a step ahead in electronic communication.

Our University got recently the Label for Excellence (special program in Spain) for its Euromediteranean Campus on Tourism and Water. This has led the University to focus and a small number of research lines and ecosystems, which has brought about a change in attitude toward science (research) communication in the University website.
So far research communication was based mainy in attention to Mass media. However, due to decreasing importance of Mass media and the upsurge of Web 2.0, we have refocused our reserch communication so it is now web 2.0-centered – more on twitter, blogs and social media, while arising mainly from a more positive attitude from research groups, the core actors of our university.
In order to fulfill such a purpose, we have reorganized completely the communication team, merging former marketing, press relations, public relations and science communication teams. This has lead to increased performance, great coordination, and multitarget possibilities, while exploring new ways of communicating research and science, like augmented reality, geopositioning and especilly multimedia tools.
Our unviersity is one of the leading institutions in all indices related to web 2.0 and social media reputation. We will show some examples of this new way of communicating at the Internet, and how different publics are targeted, while fulfilling the main mission of the University.
We think that Science Communicatin through the Internet is the main way to connect with people, and that we must set our schedule, and not depend on Mass Media schedules. The University of Girona, with its 14.000 student population and a city of ca. 100.000 inhabitants in a well-known touristinc are close to France, is well positioned to carry out interesting incursions in digital communication of science.

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  • 1. Science Communication 2.0: changing University attitude through Science research groupsIngrid AZNAR, Cristina VALENTÍ and Miquel DURAN Unit for Communication of Science, University of Girona comunicacio.recerca@udg.edu Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 2. UdG: strategic position• The University of Girona is commited to reserach excellence – Water and evirontment – Tourism and Cultural Heritage – Physics, Computation, Chemistry – Health, Food• Within the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion• Along with Univ. Balearic Islands, Univ. Perpignan and other research centers Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 3. Indeed, ther is a quadruple level in branding and reputation• Institutional / university level• Departmental / Research Institute level• Research Group level• Personal level• Different brands• Reputation hindered by current economic downturn Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 4. About us: UdGUCC: Activities on promotion and dissemination of science and research • Children’s University • One week Research Campus for 16 yo students • Two week Reserach campus for 17 yo students, including research work • Congress CRACS – preuniversity research • Outreach: Researchers’ Night, Science Week, Science Fair, FIRST Lego League, etc. UdGUCC: Unit for Communication of Science Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 5. There’s a nice video on our outreach activities! YouTube UnivGirona http://youtu.be/6MPtGIpXpck Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 6. Reorganization of UdG communication team• We have reorganized completely the communication team, merging former marketing, press relations, public relations and science communication teams.• This has lead to increased performance, great coordination, and multitarget possibilities, while exploring new ways of communicating research and science, like augmented reality, geopositioning and especially multimedia tools.• Fast, direct and active connections with Mass Media and Internet-related information channels Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 7. Science Communication 2.0• Communicating Research – 4 levels at least – Refereed Papers – Communications in General Science Journals – Dissemination of Science and Research – Talking to young people• Different formats: – Classical article – Video (YouTube Generation) – Website / mobile / Social (the newest generation)• Socialization through facebook, twitter, flickr, instagram, youtube, tumblr, pinterest and any other system that may appear right today Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 8. UdG has its twitter accounts – and now what?• What about twitter? Main immediacy communication channel• Double monolingual – @UnivGirona – mainly in Catalan – @UdGGlobal – English-only• Used mainly by adults, but students entering UdG on 2012/13 show an increased use• Very useful for events – hashtags as key curating procedure Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 9. But we also have facebook, youtube, flickr, etc etc• We believe that our website shoud be our main asset• Facebook and other social networks are used to amplify our website, to engage in conversations and to share content• The Web 2.0 Culture spreads fast amont students, but not so much among researchers (I don’t have time for that) Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 10. The complex language issue• Local language – Catalan – used primarily all over the University of Girona• Language of Research, strategic: English• Another official, opportunity language: Spanish• Language of Geostrategic Opportunity: French• Other Languages of Opportunity and field-related (Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic)• Thus – 4 main languages• Difficult to cope with and handle! Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 11. Do research groups communicate?• The 3 worlds (individual, group and center) communicate differently!• Everythink depends too much on individual attitudes.• The Web 2.0 Culture is an attitude!• The current economic difficulties prevent enthousiastic involvement in communication, e.g. in Science Outreach activities Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 12. What about researchers?• Almost no one communicates his/her current research• Some communicate key aspects of their academic/research life• Much easiers if related to Social Science• Hard Science is difficult to communicate• Struggle in Humanities: yet thinking in a move toward Digital Humanities Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 13. What about academic units (departaments and institutes)• Departments, even though they gather most part of research force, are too focused on teaching. Communication of research is scarce• Research Institutes communicate slightly better, but few of them use English ans their primary language• Use of English and amount of communications is related to Internationalitzation Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 14. So how can we help research from the UdGUCC?• We help to communicate Ph.D. dissertations• We provide research news – Papers published – Discoveries, Patents, Technology transfer – Academic Meetings – Prizes, Honours, etc.• Montly University Magazine (“Engega”) with many articles on reserach activity.• Collaboration with Administrative Research Office• Connection with Press Office• But researchers are still too concentrades in the Future (e.g. FP7 calls for funding) that in explaining the Past• We provide formation of the use of Web 2.0 Tools• And most important: we try to leverage a positive attitude towards communication of research Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar
  • 15. Some ideas to take away• Web 2.0, Social Networking, Communicating Research – is just an attitude• There is a paramount task yet in involving and motivating (good) researchers, research groups and academic units in communicating (well!) Research and Science.• Dissemination of Research and Public Outreach is hindered by current issues.• There is a high pressure (Publish of Perish, Transfer or Die, etc.) that does not free time enough to get involved in Public Outreach and Dissemination activities• A proper system of Rewards could be established to catalyze and promote Science and Research communication.• Thank you very much for your attention! Ingrid Aznar @ingridaznar