RETHINK-TRESCA: Connections, Conversations and Science Communication

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21 mar 2022–22 mar 2022
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This final online conference culminates the efforts of RETHINK and TRESCA projects to highlight ongoing conversations between scientists, policy makers, media and science communication practitioners and a variety of publics. In a series of keynotes, panels, and engaging conversations, we will discuss and co-create how science communication as a practice can build towards public trust – by making new connections and shaping the conversations that matter.


The future of public trust in times of uncertainty. While science communication may be more important than ever, it is also more challenging. We live in a time of uncertainty that challenges established relationships between science, media, publics and politics. Science is openly contested in the public arena by actors that at best raise doubt and at worst respond antagonistically to scientific practice. Efforts to shift towards a new science communication ecosystem, one that is more adaptive and at the same time reliable and trustworthy, have been at the heart of both the RETHINK and TRESCA project.

The conference focuses on how we can strengthen the connections between various stakeholders and publics in order to more effectively respond to current and future uncertainties. We look towards a future in which science becomes more a point of connection than one of polarisation.

Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science) is a third party in RETHINK, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project.


Day 1, 21st March 2022, 13:30 – 17:30 CET | Online

  • Panel 1: Forging connections with new audiences in times of polarisation and misinformation
  • Keynote speaker: Deborah Blum, Director, Knight Science Journalism Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “Journalism in the Age of Mistrust: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic”
  • Panel 2: #LegitScience: challenges and opportunities in doing effective science communication on social media

Day 2, 22nd March 2022, 9:30 – 13:00 CET | Online

  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala, President: African Gong-The Pan African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication: “Rethinking public trust in science communication: paradigm shifts in transformation, reflection and practice”
  • Panel 3: Transformation and reflection: how can reflective practice help us adapt to current complexities?
  • Panel 4: The future of public trust: what role for policy?


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