I recently conducted a study in collaboration with the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3) and the University of Copenhagen, with the aim of investigating the public communication practices of scientists working in the Basque Country. The study was partly focused on identifying the most commonly reported activities.
80 scientists drawn from the disciplines of climate and earth sciences, ecology, chemistry, neuroscience, mathematics, physics, engineering and medicine, reported their engagement in an online survey. The survey was widely disseminated across the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) and the Basic and Excellence Research Network (BERC).
Virtually all scientists claimed to have participated in science communication activities (97%). Response data regarding the most commonly reported forms of science communication can be found in the graph below:
Among the multiple types of science communication activities there are, live and face-to-face forms of science communication received the most positive responses, since the most reported activities were: ‘give a public talk or lecture’ (79%) and ‘participate in a dialogue event or workshop’ (59%).
The Basque Country has hold a number of face-to-face science communication initiatives. Examples of these are: Naukas, in which scientists from different disciplines are every year challenged to give a relaxed short talk; Top@DIPC – Zientziarekin Solasean!, and encounter for scientists and young students to meet and discover the excitement that a scientific career might hold; as well as the international initiative Pint of Science, launched in the UK in 2013, and later brought to the Basque Country.