Science communication for social inclusion: exploring science & art approaches

Ana Matias, Andreia Dias, Cláudia Gonçalves, Paulo Nuno Vicente, Ana Lúcia Mena

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Abstract

Engaging communities at risk of social exclusion poses a big challenge for science communicators. We schematize a framework for projects using science & art to promote social inclusion, composed of 3 phases — design, plan and collaboration; implementation; and evaluation. We present a case study that aimed to engage with a community of migrant senior women, mostly illiterate. Our findings suggest high engagement was achieved by building trust, involving emotions, choosing a relatable topic and following participatory practices. Inclusive activities occurred on the short-term, but for medium-term impact, community insiders need to be regarded as a second audience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Public engagement with science and technology
  • Social inclusion

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