Issue 03, Special Issue: Communication at the Intersection of Science and Politics, 2019

14/06/2019

This issue aims to provide a platform for researchers to address communication at the intersection of science and politics from different angles, and to reduce the contingency of science-policy communication in its various dimensions while spurring investigations into the science-policy interface.

14/06/2019

By exploring motives that drive #scicomm, we point out that political motives are the major driving force behind most #scicomm programmes, with the result that educational and promotional objectives are blurred and science communication activities are rarely evaluated meaningfully.

14/06/2019

This study analyzes the role that homeopathy-related stories are playing in Spanish political discourse. We analyzed the viewpoints of headlines in 8 digital dailies for 3 years. The results indicated that the stance on therapy's lack of scientific evidence gained ground during the period studied.

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How different segments of the public formulate opinions on the role they think STI should play in Japanese society toward 2030? Results indicate that public opinions don’t completely overlap with officials' opinions, and “open and appropriate” visions could well be incorporated into official views.

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Authors show how problematic precedents set by the 1975 Asilomar Conference emerge in contemporary discussions on CRISPR, and a recent controversy on field trial releases of genetically modified mosquitoes, and how they undermine efforts to engage publics in decisions in science-policy interface.

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This paper explores how Open Science can contribute to knowledge transfer if there are knowledge brokers in public sector organizations, focusing on its potential use by scientific councillors at Estonian ministries.

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The IPCC proceeds on the assumption that scientific consensus is a tool for successful climate communication. Data collected indicate moderate support for the consensus policy but significantly more in traditional climate sciences than in social sciences, life- and geosciences.

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Investigation on how these two India and Europe have envisioned the concept of innovation, particularly in studying and comparing how they have focused on people, both as final beneficiaries (and thus principal legitimisers) of policy actions, and as actors themselves in the innovation process.

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This article analyses and discusses the importance of foundations as science policy interfaces. It first presents foundations as mediators of scientific knowledge in the political process, then identify the significance of foundations as science policy interfaces.

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This study explores the field of scientific policy advice in environmental and energy policies in France to gain insights into the role of think tanks. The results of the study reveal that the think tanks have become more independent actors and that scientific policy advice has gained autonomy.

14/06/2019

Different mediatization strategies, ranging from defensive to offensive are used to observe relevant stakeholders within the German science-policy constellation from politics, science, and science funding. Results are based on 35 in-depth interviews with decision makers.