#onsci June 20 2013: Myths about communicating science

We’re all aware of the popular science TV series Mythbusters.

These crazy scientists spend an hour or so challenging common perceptions about science and technology.

But is this the only way that science can be appealing?

Does science needs to be kooky, whacky, explosive and dangerous in order to be of interest?

And what other mythical beliefs are out there about science communication?

How about:

  • ‘scientists don’t want to talk to people about their work’
  • ‘oh, why do we bother, people aren’t really that interested in science’
  • ‘just give people the facts’
  • ‘if they knew what I knew about science, then they’d love it too’
  • ‘we have to make science fun and exciting!’
  • ‘scientists should just be left alone to do research, not waste their time communicating about what they do and find’
  • ‘scientists who are interested in communicating their work aren’t really proper, hardcore scientists’.

These statements are contradictory, confusing and it’s hard to know on what basis they are founded.

Let’s bust some myths about communicating science. Join us for an #onsci  twitter chat Thursday 20th June 2013 at 9pm AEST to share more myths about science communication, and work through some possible solutions. Follow @onsci and hashtag #onsci to follow or participate. All welcome!

Storify compilation of tweets from this chat can be viewed here.

[With thanks to Dr Sarah Keenihan and the post she prepared for ScienceforLife.365]


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