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Communicating Science and Technology in Society

Issues of Public Accountability and Engagement

Editors: Delicado, Ana, Crettaz Von Roten, Fabienne, Prpic, Katarina (Eds.)

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  • Provides a contemporary vision of the interaction between science and society, based on varied case studies
  • Brings together contributions from countries usually left out of debates on scientific issues
  • Provides useful information for STEM scientists interested in engaging with their publics
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​This volume addresses the engagement between science and society from multiple viewpoints. At a time when trust in experts is being questioned, misinformation is rife and scientific and technological development show growing social impact, the volume examines the challenges in involving the public in scientific debates and decisions. It takes into account societal needs and concerns in research, and analyses the interface between the roles of institutions and individuals. From environmental challenges to science communication, participatory technological design to animal experimentation, and transdisciplinarity to norms and values in science, the volume brings together research on areas in which scientists and citizens interact, across diverse, often understudied, socio-cultural contexts in Europe. It encompasses the natural sciences, engineering and the social sciences, and the chapters follow diverse theoretical frameworks and methodologies, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. This volume contributes not just to scholarly knowledge on the topic of science and society relations, but also provides useful information for students, policy makers, journalists, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) researchers keen on engaging with their publics and conducting responsible research and innovation.

About the authors

Ana Delicado is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon and has a PhD in Sociology (2006). She specialises in social studies of science. She is currently vice-coordinator of the "Observa" Observatory of Environment, Territory and Society of ICS. She has coordinated competitively funded national projects on scientific associations and on acceptance of renewable energies and the ICS team in four EU-funded research projects on children and disaster risk reduction, renewable energy landscapes, and science communication. She has also conducted research on scientific museums and scientific culture, international mobility of researchers, social aspects of climate change, nuclear and fusion energy. She teaches in the University of Lisbon Master Degree in Scientific Culture and Science Dissemination and several PhD programmes (including the PhD programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies) and frequently engages in science outreach. She is a member of European Sociological Association (currently coordinator of the Research Network 24 Science and Technology); of EASST European Association for the Study of Science and Technology; and of the international network PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology). She has published in relevant journals in the field: Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Science Communication, Minerva, Environmental Education Research, Science and Public Policy, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. She was awarded the publication prize of the University of Lisbon in 2018. 

Fabienne Crettaz von Roten has a PhD in mathematics and is now Senior Lecturer and Head of the Observatoire Science, Politique et Société at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research offers a symmetrical view of the relation between science and society: public perceptions of science and society (particularly, of animal experimentation and nuclear energy), and scientists’ engagement with society. Her current research is on the role of media in the formation of opinion on animal experimentation in Switzerland. She has authored and co-authored several books and book chapters in these fields, as well as numerous articles in journal including Public Understanding of Science and Science Communication. She was co-coordinator of ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network 24 - Science and Technology / SSTNET and is currently member of the advisory board.  

Katarina Prpić has a PhD in sociology, is an awardee of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and was previously a tenured senior scientist at the Institute for Social Research, Zagreb (Croatia). Her research has focused on scientific productivity, social organization of science, science and society relations, scientists’ professional ethics, female and young researchers and on corporate science (business R&D). Her numerous publications–-of which near one-third is published in English---include authored, co-authored and edited books, book chapters as well as journal articles, some published in eminent international journals covering science and technology studies. She is a member of the editorial boards of several international social science journals. From 2007 to 2015 she was consecutively co-chairing and chairing ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network 24 - Science and Technology / SSTNET and currently she is the network’s advisory board member. Recently, she has become an Advisory Board member of the International Centre for the Study of Research (ICSR), Elsevier.  


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: How the Sociology of Science and Technology Addresses Science and Society Relations

    Pages 1-14

    Delicado, Ana

  • Norms, Competition, and Visibility in Contemporary Science: The Legacy of Robert K. Merton

    Pages 17-37

    Bucchi, Massimiano

  • Re-distributing Responsibility in Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production and Circulation

    Pages 39-57

    Völker, Thomas

  • How Do Scientists Doing Animal Experimentation View the Co-evolution Between Science and Society? The Swiss Case

    Pages 59-77

    Crettaz Von Roten, Fabienne

  • Science-Society Relations in a Context of Technological Change: How Scientists Working on Renewable Energy Technologies Perceive Their Role in the Energy Transition

    Pages 79-94

    Junqueira, Luís

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Communicating Science and Technology in Society
Book Subtitle
Issues of Public Accountability and Engagement
Editors
  • Ana Delicado
  • Fabienne Crettaz Von Roten
  • Katarina Prpic
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52885-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52885-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52884-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 199
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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