Archive for April 2013

[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]

[ecrea] The Communication Researcher’s Role(s) in Science and Environmental Communication

Tue Apr 23 15:55:06 GMT 2013

Below you have information about the program for the ECREA SEC workshop "The Communication Researcher’s Role(s) in Science and Environmental Communication" 6 June in Uppsala, Sweden. Please make sure to register before 17 May.  We hope to see many of your there!

Best regards
Annika Egan Sjölander
On behalf of the ECREA SEC management team

The Communication Researcher’s Role(s) in Science and Environmental Communication

Pre-IECA conference: International workshop organised by the Science and Environment Communication Section, ECREA (  and and Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, Sweden (

Where: Clarion Hotel Gillet, Dagarbrunnsgatan 23, Uppsala, Sweden ( (For directions see:  and the map below.)
When: 6 June 2013 from 9.00-15.20

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: Each participant (presenter and others) is asked to register before the workshop since there are limited spaces available and we need to pre-book the lunch bag (which in turn will be paid (100 SEK) directly at the conference venue). There is no workshop fee for participants. If you plan to participate send an email to Annika Egan Sjölander at ((annika.egansjolander /at/<mailto:(annika.egansjolander /at/>)  before 17 of May with information about your name/affiliation and possible restrictions regarding food alternatives.

CONTENT: The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the role of the communication researcher in science and environmental projects. This type of (self)reflection is a much needed, yet on the whole overlooked or at least not sufficiently acknowledged activity among our research community. And this even if the position(s) of communication researchers often are complex and contradictory. Many science-related projects for example suggest that the main problem (for instance regarding implementation of new technologies), is that the public is uninformed and needs education. The role of the communication researcher therefore becomes to tackle the 'deficit'. Such approach can, in turn, be problematic seen from a democratic perspective where everybody’s view is equally valid or at least seen as legitimate. In environmentally related projects, on the other hand, communication researchers are themselves often motivated by a will to change or to improve actual situations (for people an
d the environment), if not to solve practical problems. Sometimes the work involves initiating communication campaigns to raise awareness about an urgent environmental issue or attempts to influence people’s behaviour, for example. But how to decide what the best way forward is and how do you combine the analytical task with practical work to solve the very same problem? How can the identities of communication scholars as researchers and as advocates be reconciled? What kinds of ethical and value-related questions do different roles raise? And lastly, to what extent can we expect potential transformative impacts from the specific perspectives, research questions and methods we start from in the framing of our research projects?
 In this workshop we want to gather communication researchers with different experiences from the field of science and environmental communication and discuss their different role(s) in projects. We hope to create a space for dialogue, (self)reflection and learning among the participants and to offer an opportunity to deepen the understanding of these vital issues.





Welcome and introduction
ECREA SEC Management Team

Annika Egan Sjölander, Anabela Carvalho and Pieter Maeseele


Chair: Annika Egan Sjölander


Gitte Meyer

Communication scholars in science projects: Technical experts or critical participants?


Stefanie Wahl; Christoph Klimmt

The „Strategy“ Deliverable as Vehicle to Reconcile Project and Public Obligations of Communication Scholars in Science and Technology Projects


Michael Schanne, Christoph Spurk

Evaluation of an International Education and Training Programme for Science Journalists: Boundary Work between Science Journalism and Science Journalism Research


Chair: Anabela Carvalho


Sally S. Deffor

Climate Change Communication in West Africa- Who Does What And How


Therese Asplund

Experiences from research practice: The Communication researcher´s role in Science and Environmental Communication



Chair: Pieter Maeseele


Marie-Ève Maillé

When citizens’ concerns meet the ethical doubts of the researcher


Veronica Dermott

Researcher’s role in ‘bearing  witness’ to environmental issues -


Justin Rolfe-Redding

Para-Scholars as the Impresarios of Researcher/Practitioner Collaboration



Chair: Annika Egan Sjölander


Sukanya Sereenonchai

Environmental Communication Researcher’s Roles:   Sharing from Thailand


Sam H Ham

Balancing two roles for interpretation researchers


Jen Schneider

Science Communication Turning Inward: The Promise and Peril of the Self-Reflexive Turn in Federally Funded Science Projects



Final discussion

All participants

ECREA-Mailing list
This mailing list is a free service from ECREA.
To unsubscribe, please visit
ECREA - European Communication Research and Education Association
Postal address:
Université Libre de Bruxelles
c/o Dept. of Information and Communication Sciences
CP123, avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, b-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
Email: (info /at/

[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]