Saturday, March 3, 2007

Scientists and the media: An international perspective

A number of MSRG members -- including professors Brossard and Dunwoody -- spoke at this year's AAAS meeting in San Francisco about their comparative research on scientists and the media.

How Scientists Interact with the Media:
An International Analysis

Sunday, Feb 18, 2007, 8:30 AM -10:00 AM


In an era of global exchange, the relationship between science and the media is increasingly important. Traditional boundaries between countries and media outlets are continuously crossed when scientific enterprises are conducted. In this context, it is extremely important to analyze and understand the relationship between journalists and scientists at a global scale.

This symposium presented the results of an international project that examined the relationships between scientists and the media in the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, and France in 2005, while using stem cell research and epidemiology as a context. This study is the first attempt ever made to draw meaningful comparisons of the relationships between journalists and scientists, based on 1,350 completed questionnaires with researchers in the five biggest knowledge producing countries worldwide. Results relative to each country were presented and discussed, in light of the movements of scientists between the different continents and the recent controversies related to stem cell research in an international context.

Organized by:

Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Hans Peter Peters, Research Center Juelich, Juelich, Germany


Moderator--Dominique Brossard.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

Scientists Experiences with the Media: A Cross-Cultural Comparison--Sharon Dunwoody.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

Scientists' Representations of Media--Shoji Tsuchida.
Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

Communication Models in a Global Perspective--Suzanne de Cheveigné.
Shadyc (EHESS-CNRS), Marseille, France.

Scientists' Communication Competence and Training--Steve Miller.
University College London, London, United Kingdom.

Discussant--Hans Peter Peters.
Research Center Juelich, Juelich, Germany.

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