Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Ivan Amato

Writer/Founder - D.C. Science Café

Science Cafés - a defiantly live channel of science communication

Wednesday — April 9, 2014
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

One of the greatest stories ever told is how the scientific community has been group-sourcing, extending, and improving since the sixteenth century. The scientific portrait of the universe, from the smallest to the grandest scales, has become consequential for every individual and for the global population. Some of the traditional ways that the scientific story has been getting out to the general public have been through mediated channels of communication such as print, radio, and television. More recent channels have been proliferating most extensively on the Internet and all have their virtues. For the past several years I have been developing a less mediated, more direct, and live channel of communication for my friends and neighbors in the Washington, D.C. area with the Science Café. With origins across Europe in the 1990’s, the science café movement is growing and is one of the best ways I have experienced open dialogues between the scientific community and the community at large. In this talk, I will discuss the seismic transformations within the practice of science communication and suggest how changes welcome opportunities and challenges for scientists to engage the public more directly.


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