Science Communication

We conceive science communication as a broad area of research within the field of communication studies. Research conducted by division members has strong links to both fundamental research and applied studies and integrates diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Core topics encompass formal and informal communication of academia as well as actors, issues, modes, channels and effects of public science communication, such as science journalism, science PR, public engagement with science or science education. More specifically, research of division members concerns the modes of academic discourse and its changes due to technological innovation, new scientific insights and different workings within the science system. Research referring to science related public communication is dedicated to the public discourse on technical outcomes and risks, catastrophes and crises, medicine and health issues, environment, natural disasters, climate change or sustainability but also political and social changes. From a meta-perspective, the role of different science areas and disciplines, like natural- and life sciences, social sciences and humanities, but also interdisciplinary collaboration and their public appearance is of interest.

The objective of the division is to facilitate exchange among researchers within science communication in the German speaking area and thus link to the international professional discourse and societal demands. The division is a panel for research and academic discourse and provides an impetus for the development of an academically and societally relevant research agenda. The division’s conferences, regular meetings and several communication channels facilitate exchange among researchers, students and practitioners. Promoting young academics in the field is in the core of activities.


Chair: Niels G. Mede, University of Zurich (

Vice Chair: Friederike Hendriks, TU Braunschweig (