Science communication seeks to engage individuals and groups with evidence-based information about the nature, outcomes, and social consequences of science and technology. This text provides an overview of this burgeoning field ─ the issues with which it deals, important influences that affect it, the challenges that it faces. It introduces readers to the research-based literature about science communication and shows how it relates to actual or potential practice. A "Further Exploration" section provides suggestions for activities that readers might do to explore the issues raised. Organized around five themes, each chapter addresses a different aspect of science communication:

• Models of science communication – theory into practice

• Challenges in communicating science

• Major themes in science communication

• Informal learning

• Communication of contemporary issues in science and society

Relevant for all those interested in and concerned about current issues and developments in science communication, this volume is an ideal text for courses and a must-have resource for faculty, students, and professionals in this field.

part I|38 pages

Models of Science Communication—Theory into Practice

chapter 2|20 pages

Engagement with science

Models of Science Communication

part II|52 pages

Challenges in Communicating Science

part 3|71 pages

Major Themes in Science Communication

part V|77 pages

Communication of Contemporary Issues in Science and Society

chapter 13|14 pages

Communicating global climate change

Issues and Dilemmas

chapter 14|18 pages

Science communication during a short-term crisis

The Case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

chapter 15|14 pages

Communication challenges for sustainability

Capacity building in disease control and prevention

chapter 17|17 pages

Science communication

The Consequences of Being Human

part VI|25 pages

Further Exploration