Science Communication in the age of Climate Change and COVID-19


Session Overview:

In this session from the 2020 GovComms Festival, we hear from the four panelists of our science communication panel.

On this panel, there are the following speakers:

  • Merryn McKinnon, a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU)
  • Lyndal Byford, the Director of News and Partnerships at the Australian Science Media Centre
  • Anna-Maria Arabia, the Chief Executive at the Australian Academy of Science
  • Will Grant, a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU)

Merryn McKinnon is the facilitator of this panel.

The panel addresses the state of science communication in the age of climate change and COVID-19 – arguably the two most high-profile science issues of our time.

They discuss the level of trust in scientists and the scientific community, and what this means for how scientists should communicate complex scientific issues.

Another topic that the panel addresses is how scientists should interact with journalists, who are often the best intermediaries between the scientific community and the public.

How does the media and government support scientific communication? What does the non-scientific community need to know about the scientific process that can help them to communicate science-related topics.

After watching this video, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between science, government and the media.
  • Recognise the importance of working alongside the scientific community on scientific issues.
  • Communicate scientific issues with clarity and impact.

Please note that this is a recording of a live presentation.

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