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Science Communication and Science Journalism

Tuesday, July 27 14:20 - 15:20 UTC
Organizers: Public Affairs & Policy Committee

Moderator: Thomas Lengauer, Past President, ISCB


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought science into the limelight of public perception in an unprecedented fashion. Scientists have become more present in the media, accelerated transmission of new results has been effected by the public starting to pay attention to research reports that have not been reviewed yet, journalists have been faced with the requirement to bring such emerging results to the public at short notice. This process has also fed an increased controversy on the character of science and the role it does and should play in the public discourse.

In this panel, a science journalist and a science communicator will join two scientists to discuss issues on how to best effect communication to the public on science results and also and especially on the science process.