Science Communication – An Introduction

Science Communication – An Introduction

on September 22, 2020

About the Book

A concise, coherent and easily readable textbook about the field of science communication, connecting the practice of science communicators with theory. In the book, recent trends and shifts in the field resonate, such as the transition from telling about science to interacting with the public and the importance of science communication in health and environmental communication. The chapters have been written by experts in their disciplines, coming from philosophy of science and communication studies to health communication and science journalism. Cases from around the world illustrate science communication in practice. The book provides a broad, up-to-date and coherent introduction to science communication for both, students of science communication and related fields, as well as professionals.

“The book provides a concise, informative, comprehensive, and current overview of key issues in the field of science communication, the background of science communication, its theoretical bases, and its links to science communication practice. Especially the link between theory / research and practice is very well developed in the book and in the individual chapters. I think that is valuable for both readers new to the field of science communication, but also for those who identify with only one of these sides … it is indeed a comprehensive and concise overview, convincing in its aim to link theory, research, and practice and I will definitely use it for my lectures on science communication.” JCOM – Journal of Science Communication


  • Foreword
  • List of Contributing Authors
  • Setting the Scene (Anne M Dijkstra, Liesbeth de Bakker, Frans van Dam, and Eric A Jensen)
  • Views of Science (Edwin Koster and Frank Kupper)
  • The Process of Communicating Science (Caroline Wehrmann and Anne M Dijkstra)
  • Science in Dialogue (Roald Verhoeff and Frank Kupper)
  • Informal Science Education (Anne M Land-Zandstra, Liesbeth de Bakker, and Eric A Jensen)
  • Science Journalism (Mark Bos and Frank Nuijens)
  • Risk Communication (Henk Mulder and Erwin van Rijswoud)
  • Health Communication (Madelief G B C Bertens, Joanne N Leerlooijer, and Maria E Fernandez)
  • Environmental Communication (Liesbeth de Bakker and Eric A Jensen)
  • Research in Science Communication (Anne M Dijkstra and Craig Cormick)

Edited By: 

  • Frans van Dam (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Liesbeth de Bakker (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Anne M Dijkstra (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • Eric A Jensen (Institute for Methods Innovation, UK)

Follow the link to the original article taken from the World Scientific website