Evolution of Science Communications

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, the Water Institute, presents, "Evolution of Science Communications”with special guest, David Janzen, Lecturer from the Department of Communication Arts.

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On key issues, including climate and environmental change, publics often disagree sharply with scientific experts. Why is this the case and how can we address this through better communication practices? Such questions motivate new research in science communication.

This session introduces three models of science communication and provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how science communication succeeds (and fails), as well as a strategic set of tools for communicating scientific information more effectively. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand key models of science communication (including strengths and limitations of each) 
  • Discuss examples of each of the three models 
  • Reflect on how each model could be incorporated into participants’ research

Who should take this training:

Students and faculty who wish to develop a deeper understanding of current research in the theory science communication and how they can apply it in their own work. 


Registration is required. Please register using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the WaterLeadership Training Courses are only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of modules.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Julie Grant (j26grant@uwaterloo.ca) 

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