What is the GlobalSCAPE project?
Over the coming months, GlobalSCAPE partners will roll up their sleeves to explore the global science communication landscape. Our research objective is to gain a more detailed picture of science communication, with a particular focus on the lesser-heard voices in non-European countries.
We are interested in the people behind the “science communication” and their experiences. More importantly, we are exploring how people perceive their science communication activities and the challenges or decisions that come within their work.
Information gathered during this project contributes to general knowledge in science communication. The insights we gain will help us promote collaboration and support synergies between practitioners from around the world as well as get a better understanding of the global situation.
How will we explore the global science communication landscape?
The GlobalSCAPE project is launching a longitudinal research study with science communicators around the globe. This research study is the backbone of our exploration of the global science communication landscape.
Over the next 12 months, the project will invite science communicators from 10+ countries to participate in a diary study about the day-to-day professional experiences, challenges and decisions while communicating research or science with public, non-academic audiences.
Who is invited to take part in this study?
We are inviting “Science communicators” in the broadest sense, which includes anyone actively involved in communicating scientific or research findings with a non-academic audience. We are particularly interested in global regions where taking stock of science communication has been particularly difficult, which means going beyond the European borders to get the most detailed picture possible of science communication.
What is involved in research participation?
The research study has two parts: 1) Register interest and complete an initial questionnaire about your background and experiences as a science communicator (About 15 minutes in total); 2) Respond to a recurring questionnaire (electronic diary) about challenges encountered in science communication once a week for up to 12 months (Each entry should take between 2 and 5 minutes). Each part can be completed using your smartphone or computer.
When does this research study open?
The project is now open to science communicators from around the world and special attention will be given to recruiting participants from non-western countries and in regions where science communication is particularly challenging.