09 Nov 2022
09 Nov 2022
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Geoscientist’s views about science communication: predicting willingness to communicate geoscience

Joana Rodrigues1, Cecília Castro2, Elsa Costa e Silva3, and Diamantino Insua Pereira1 Joana Rodrigues et al.
  • 1Institute of Earth Sciences, Pole of the University of Minho, Braga, 4710-057, Portugal
  • 2Center of Mathematics, University of Minho, Braga, 4710-057, Portugal
  • 3Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho, Braga, 4710-057, Portugal

Abstract. The main barriers to science communication are common in different fields and they are widely identified in the literature. Studies focused on specific scientific communities framed science communication as an activity with the specificities of each context and field. In this study, we analysed geoscientists' representations and attitudes about communication to understand which factors can have significant impact on prediction of public engagement and that can explain the frequency/intensity of communication. The results pointed that factors such as professional experience, recognition by the institution, lack of financial support, personal satisfaction and geoscientific as an area of expertise, have a significant effect on their public engagement.

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Short summary
We analysed geoscientists' representations and attitudes about science communication. To understand which obstacles and factors can have impact predicting public engagement we conducted a survey on Portuguese geoscientists. We concluded that what really matters are factors like the area of expertise, personal experience, institution attitude, lack of financial support and personal satisfaction. These should be the main factors to consider when designing policies to promote public engagement.