NEWSERA was featured on the European Research Executive Agency (REA) news section! In an article published on January 12, 2022, our project was described as one of the most interesting and informative projects in the field of science communication and citizen participation in science. The article highlighted how, along the other seven projects in the Swaft-19 group, NEWSERA is doing precious research on how to bridge the gap between science and society, an issue that has become especially urgent in these years due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
The European Commission’s Science with and for Society (SwafS), funded under Horizon 2020, encourages citizen participation in science. In doing so, it aims to build trust in science and empower citizens to critically assess accuracy of information and ultimately ensure effective science communication.
Digitalisation has opened new and wider pathways for people to participate more easily in research projects. Nonetheless, while technology facilitates citizens’ involvement, a gap remains between science and society that communication can help bridge. The COVID-19 crisis has clearly illustrated the vital role of science communication in the public health response.
Recognising its importance, several projects endeavour to tackle this challenge and, on a broader level, improve the communication of science projects to reach a wider range of citizens and galvanize public responses.
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