What is your opinion on science communication?

Science Communication Survey
Science Communication Project

How do you communicate your research? What are your motivations and what limitations do you face?

Science communication is an important and integral part of the relationship between science and society. However, very few studies have investigated the extent to which scientists get involved, why and when they engage, and the strategies they employ in science communication activities. Furthermore, very few studies have attempted to systematically assess the challenges and opportunities of science communication activities through the lens of effective science communication practices. 

Thus, this project aims to investigate current practices, motivations, incentives, responsibilities as well as limitations such as time, skills, and resources, of researchers engaged in the public communication of research. Our aims are to fill a gap in knowledge about the public communication of science, specifically in The Netherlands. To do so, this project runs four phases: 1) the dissemination of a survey aimed to investigate current definitions, practices as well as limitations, in relation to science communication (2) social media analysis aimed at uncovering the various types of science communications and debates taking place online, as well as the opportunities and challenges of online science communication; (3) in-depth interviews with scientists aimed at examining the ways in which scientists talk about their science communication and public outreach practices. The project also aims to use the results of the survey, social media analysis, and the in-depth interviews to (4) offer a set of detailed recommendations and strategies for more effective (online) science communication and improved public engagement efforts online. We expect the overall findings of this project to inform recommendations and strategies for responsible and effective (online) science communication and outreach.

Currently, the project is in phase 1 and we are trying to obtain a representative sample of survey respondents across all Dutch universities and disciplines. The survey link and some additional information can be found below. 

If you are a scientists working in The Netherlands and you would like to participate in this project, please click the button below to start the survey or copy the following link into your browser: https://wur.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0T9Pru7Wey8PS85.

Your answers will be completely anonymous and the survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.  Completing this survey will give you a chance to enter our special prize draw and win a €20 Bol.com gift card. Instructions on how to enter the draw will be given at the end of the survey. 

No time to take the survey yourself? You can still help by sharing it on social media or spreading it in your networks:

Additional information

The survey will close on May 31st, 2021. Details regarding data management and confidentiality are outlined in the survey. Should you have any questions or require further information regarding the project or the survey, don't hesitate to contact Adina at adina.nerghes@wur.nl

 Many thanks for your help!