Science Communication for Social Inclusion: Exploring Science & Art Approaches

Journal of Science Communication 20 (02) (2021), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20020205

17 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021 Last revised: 26 Apr 2021

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Ana Matias

Universidade do Algarve

Andreia Dias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cláudia Gonçalves

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paulo Nuno Vicente

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Ana Lúcia Mena

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 21, 2021

Abstract

Engaging communities at risk of social exclusion poses a big challenge for science communicators. We schematize a framework for projects using science & art to promote social inclusion, composed of 3 phases — design, plan and collaboration; implementation; and evaluation. We present a case study that aimed to engage with a community of migrant senior women, mostly illiterate. Our findings suggest high engagement was achieved by building trust, involving emotions, choosing a relatable topic and following participatory practices. Inclusive activities occurred on the short-term, but for medium-term impact, community insiders need to be regarded as a second audience.

Keywords: Public engagement with science and technology; Social inclusion; Science communication

Suggested Citation

Matias, Ana and Dias, Andreia and Gonçalves, Cláudia and Vicente, Paulo Nuno and Mena, Ana Lúcia, Science Communication for Social Inclusion: Exploring Science & Art Approaches (March 21, 2021). Journal of Science Communication 20 (02) (2021), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20020205, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3829002

Ana Matias

Universidade do Algarve ( email )

Campus de Gambelas
Faro, Algarve 8005
Portugal

Andreia Dias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cláudia Gonçalves

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paulo Nuno Vicente (Contact Author)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Ana Lúcia Mena

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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