When proposing science debates as tools, opportunities and even tasks for science journalists, a colleague came up and said scoffingly: »It’s still only PR.« He was not wrong – considering the currently fashionable science debates.
Science and research arouse desire. Politicians for example hope for solutions for problem which overstrain them, companies look for ever new innovations for their discontinued models in order to increase profits, and lobby groups want to exert influence because knowledge is power. But what about the scientists themselves and the citizens?
Wissenschaft und Forschung wecken Begehrlichkeiten. Politiker erhoffen sich beispielsweise Lösungen für Probleme, die sie überfordern, Unternehmen suchen nach immer neuen Innovationen für ihre Auslaufmodelle, um Profite zu steigern, und Lobbyinitiativen wollen Einfluss gewinnen, weil Wissen Macht ist. Was aber wollen eigentlich die Wissenschaftler und die Bürger? Die Bürger bezahlen zwar Wissenschaft und Forschung, doch die… Debatten: Anregungen für Wissenschaftsjournalisten weiterlesen
It looks like science debates have been discovered as another public relation tool for science and technology. Governments, institutes, even research projects contrive debates – basically to gain acceptance from citizens in order to continue undisturbed.
Science and technology are always intertwined with the economic and political system. Therefore it needs to be submitted to fundamental democratic procedures. The bodies of the civil society need to be included, according to the publicly funded civil society platform for a change in research (Zivilgesellschaftliche Plattform Forschungswende), which, on 31st May 21013, dedicates an… The German Science Debate: Innovation with democratic participation weiterlesen
Hanns-J. Neubert was organiser and speaker at ESOF on 7 July 2010 in Turin, Italy. He reported about the German Science Debate (Wissenschaftsdebatte), initiated by TELI, and proposed to have science debates all over Europe, which could be facilitated by the European Union of Science Journalists‘ Associations EUSJA through its member organisations in 24 countries.… The Missing Mediator – Science Debates in a Knowledge Society weiterlesen
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