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Science Communication Day

Communicating Science: How to explain its Power and Limits

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 18:00 - 20:00
Speaker: Carl Zimmer, Sara K Yeo, Elke Ziegler, Alena Buyx, Christine Marizzi, Mariano Zafra
Location: Raiffeisen Lecture Hall
Series: Public outreach event
Host: Tom Henzinger
Contact: Alicja Swierczek
Central building lecture hall

Science is not a collection of facts, but a collection of techniques that together constitute the most powerful method for obtaining knowledge as a society. 

Yet most real-world questions have too many facets to be answered or even approximated by a single technique, or a single scientist. 

These common misunderstandings have far-reaching consequences, which range from a mistrust in scientists and the rejection of science, to a blurring between science and pseudo-science, all the way to an uncritical glorification of scientists and their findings. 

A major task of effective science communication is, therefore, to explain the power and limits of scientific techniques, processes, and findings. 

This we will discuss at ISTA’s first Science Communication Day on September 21, 2022.


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