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Does science communication need more professors?

by AprilSix Proof

Writing on the Guardian blog, Alice Bell questions the Royal Society’s priorities

Writing on the Guardian’s Political Science blog this week, Alice Bell takes issue with the Royal Society’s decision to advertise for a professorship in public engagement with science.

The Society has established the new professorship in order to “Increase public understanding of scientific issues which inform policy debates on important issues” as well as “Engage with the public to strengthen the case for increased support for science.”

For Bell, such a position pays lip service to the ideals of public engagement while maintaining the top-down discourse that has dominated the field for so long. In her view, much more needs to be done to strengthen the infrastructure of science communication, allowing new and diverse voices to be heard alongside those few established enough to be offered professorships.

Read the full piece here