Research Policy & Development


Trustworthy, Reliable and Engaging Scientific Communication Approaches

Developing trust in science and innovation through innovative communication practices between scientific researchers, journalists and policy makers

The TRESCA project’s goals are to systematically understand what drives public trust in science communication through large scale, experimental survey research and qualitative, deliberative research. TRESCA is designed to build long-term impact and produce positive change through the engagement and training of stakeholders, including scientists, journalists, policy makers and the public, in order to increase the production, exchange and consumption of more trustworthy, reliable, and accurate scientific communications.
TRESCA foregrounds the communication of findings from Social Science and Humanities (SSH) research related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) developments around digitalisation. The project focuses on three areas of concern around digitalisation: misinformation and digital safety; environ-mental health; automation and the future of skills and work. TRESCA develops a set of tools for improving science communication including a tested and assessed animated science communication video; the prototype of a misinformation widget working on encrypted communication channels to help distinguish trustworthy contents and sources; and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for scientists, journalists and policy makers to learn how to best facilitate reliable and trustworthy science communication.

ZSI leads WP1 ("Science communication in context") and is responsible for exploring the relationship between science communication and policy. In this context, ZSI analyses the trends for science communication connections with policy and explores the (dis)incentives for scientists to engage in science communication. In order to the underline the results achieved, ZSI also organises a science communication workshop in Austria, and contributes to the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and supervision of all activities in German-speaking countries.


Section: Research Policy & Development


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Tags: digitalisation, disinformation, policy analysis, science communication, social sciences

Type: Research

Program: H2020

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 01/2020 - 04/2022

Project Duration: 28 months


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