How should communicators of science and technology engage with scientific knowledge? Are there certain questions about the practice of science that should be part of the science communication and engagement platforms?

What findings in science and technology studies about the political uses of quantification, risk assessment and limited public participation should be part of science communication messages? Could a space such as UBC’s Pacific Museum of the Earth be used to address these questions?

On the next page you will find a definition of scientific knowledge from a science communication manual. Below this definition you will find some excerpts from different works in the history, sociology and philosophy of science and technology. Each involves questions related to the production and use of scientific knowledge.

We often encountered a resistance to any politicization of scientific knowledge. At the bottom of the page you will find an image of a display from the Pacific Museum of the Earth. Is this political? Is ‘political’ a stand in for any challenge to the status quo?