The recent online event discussed how science communication professionals can benefit from European research projects.
Video recording from the event is available below.
With the goal of demonstrating European projects as invaluable networking and learning opportunities for science communication professionals, the QUEST project was presented in a virtual session at the recent SCI:COM 2021 conference. SCI:COM is an annual conference, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, that brings together professionals working in the area of science communication in Ireland as well as international speakers and panelists. The theme of this year’s conference was “ADAPT” with a focus on disinformation, trust, EU funding, research agendas, and communicating during a pandemic.
Entitled “Professional Learning Through European Collaboration in Science Communication”, the QUEST session highlighted a range of relevant ongoing and completed European research projects, and drew focus to the importance of networking in the community, including the opportunities generated by international associations such as the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Network – the global network of science communication researchers and practitioners.
The potential for innovation, interdisciplinarity, and growth through international collaboration was also signposted by panelists as a major advantage to participation in research projects at the European level. Equally, the open resources contributed by these projects were centred as assets: QUEST outputs, including the report on European Science Communication today and the 12 Quality Indicators for Science Communication, were shared with the audience as resources they could use to improve their science communication practice.
The secession was chaired by Joseph Roche (QUEST Partner) with panelists Alessandra Fornetti (QUEST Coordinator), Sarah Davies (QUEST Partner and PCST Committee Member) and Brian Trench (QUEST Advisor and PCST President).
You can watch a recording of the full session below: