Sponsored Lunch with JCOM

Sponsored Lunch with JCOM

COVID-19, science communication and citizens 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
13.30 - 14.30 CEST

Location: Event Room on Zoom 

Description: The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 has dramatically re-shaped social relations in many ways including the flow of information around the globe. In such contexts, both science and science communication together have taken an important role in the battle against the disease, developing protocols, vaccines and treatments, but also strategies to communicate change of behaviour and attitudes in order that societies and citizens reduce the chances of being contaminated and the virus propagated.

In this session, we approached the theme “COVID-19, science communication and citizens” under different perspectives:

Joseph Roche (Ireland) talked about EU-Citizen.Science, an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training and resources for citizen science – by the community, for the community, in which his role is to look at the challenges and opportunities that arise between citizen science and science education.

Luisa Massarani (Brazil) talked about research, science communication and COVID-19, in particular within the scope of the special issue prepared for JCOM: the Journal of Science Communication, in which she is one of the editors. 

Marina Joubert (South Africa) talked about how South African newspaper cartoonists portray the coronavirus.

Padraig Murphy (Ireland) was the moderator, also added a STS perspective to the discussion.


Information about the panellists:

Joseph Roche, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Luisa Massarani, Coordinator of the National Institute of Public Communication of Science and Technology and of the Master in Communication of Science, Technology and Health, House of Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Brazil

Marina Joubert, Senior researcher on Science Communication, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Padraig Murphy, Assistant Professor, Programme chair for MSc in Science and Health Communication, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland