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Important intersections of science and public policy are often wicked problems that require bringing together information from multiple stakeholders with different worldviews. Taming wicked problems is facilitated by fostering trust and collaboration. To better tame these problems, we suggest conceptualizing scientists as an underserved audience for public-originating information, and propose a role for science communicators to speak to scientists. We offer some potential considerations for understanding scientists as audience for science communicators in such a role.

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https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-9

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Scientists as Audience: Science Communicators as Mediators of Wicked Problems

Important intersections of science and public policy are often wicked problems that require bringing together information from multiple stakeholders with different worldviews. Taming wicked problems is facilitated by fostering trust and collaboration. To better tame these problems, we suggest conceptualizing scientists as an underserved audience for public-originating information, and propose a role for science communicators to speak to scientists. We offer some potential considerations for understanding scientists as audience for science communicators in such a role.

 

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