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Lecture: Science Communication as the Social Conversation Around Science

Massimiano Bucchi, University of Trento

Virtual Lecture

The talk reviews recent trends in science communication research and theoretical discussion, proposing an inclusive definition of science communication as the social conversation around science. It then discusses the potential and implications of such proposed definition.

Massimiano Bucchi, Professor of Science and Technology in Society and Director of Master SCICOMM, University of Trento, has been visiting professor in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He is the author of several books (published in more than 20 countries) and papers in journals such as Nature, Science and PLOS. Among his books in English: Science and the Media (Routledge, 1998); Science in Society (Routledge, 2004); Beyond Technocracy (Springer, 2009); Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (new ed. 2021, with B. Trench, Routledge). From 2016 to 2019 he was editor-in-chief of the international journal Public Understanding of Science. He regularly contributes to newspapers and TV programmes.

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In these pandemic times, we would like to reward ourselves and our audience with four special treats: We have asked well-known researchers from various disciplines to present and discuss their favorite lecture with us.
We are looking very much forward to Sianne Ngai (University of Chicago), Carolin Meister(Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe),  Ulrich Johannes Schneider (Leipzig University Library) and Massimiano Bucchi (University of Trento).


In diesen pandemischen Zeiten möchten wir uns und unser Publikum mit vier Geschenken belohnen: Wir haben herausragende Forschende unterschiedlicher Disziplinen gebeten, uns ihren Lieblingsvortrag zu präsentieren und mit uns zu diskutieren. Die Vortragsreihe ist die internationale Fortsetzung der Reihe „Carte Blanche. Forschung aus der Nachbarschaft“ des Sommersemesters 2020.
Wir freuen uns sehr auf Sianne Ngai (University of Chicago), Carolin Meister (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe), Ulrich Johannes Schneider (Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig) und Massimiano Bucchi (Universität Trient).