The Role of Traditional News Media and Social Media in Promoting Awareness of Research-Based Information

The news media is a powerful agent that translates information across the science-policy interface to inform the general public of decisions made by policy-makers. However, news coverage is all too often shaped by political or cultural biases and the realities of the news business. These realities include journalistic norms and preferences that lead to news […]

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Barriers and Enablers in Information Transfer at the Science-Policy Interface

The transfer of research information from providers to users is essential for management operations and decision-making. More specifically, users of information such as policy-makers and managers often use evidence from different sources to inform their decisions about local and global problems. It is important to highlight that different types of knowledge exist as well. For […]

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Making Science Communication Personal: New EIUI Study Investigates Strategies for Encouraging Conversations between the Public and Scientists through Social Media

In this post, Curtis Martin, an EIUI team member, reports on his Master of Marine Management research about the strategies that individual scientists and marine non-governmental organization communicators use to engage the public in conversations about scientific subjects. The internet and social media have dramatically changed the way we communicate with one another today. More […]

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Communication Pathways and Models: Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy

Effective research communication between scientists and policy-makers is becoming an increasingly important subject to consider when tackling some of the world’s most wicked problems. On one hand, scientists must become comfortable with translating their work into information products that can be used beyond scientific circles and understood by laypeople. On the other, policy-makers should attempt […]

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An Introduction to the Science-Policy Interface Concept: What, Why, and How

Today, policy-making is often complex; policy-makers must contend with many different stakeholders and their often-conflicting interests. The rise of evidence-based policy-making over the past quarter century has further complicated policy-making, because policy makers must be aware of and are pressured to use the vast array of scientific and other research information available for informing policy. […]

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“Drivers of Change in Gulf of Maine Ecosystems”: Highlights of the 2018 RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM), a group that annually sponsors a one-day gathering of marine scientists, science managers, and fisheries managers from around the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, held its 2018 meeting in Portland, Maine, on 26 October 2018. As in previous years, the EIUI research […]

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Scientists Talking to the Public: A One-Way Conversation? — Public Lecture, 4 February 2019

Scientists have been communicators as long as there has been discoveries about the world and the universe beyond. Today, scientific research can be instrumental for resolving major issues locally and globally. Seeking solutions to these problems is the responsibility of everyone: the public, governments, as well as researchers. Thus, communication about research is essential. But, […]

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Science in Public life – Panel Sessions, 9 & 11 October 2018

The Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research program is very pleased to announce that two public panel sessions on the subject of Science in Public Life will be presented on 9 and 11 October 2018 in Halifax. EIUI is hosting these panels, along with co-sponsors, to address key questions about the role of information […]

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Benefits and Misuse of Research Impact Indicators: Three New Books on Metrics

Does research output have any impact? Do the investments in personnel and other research resources actually advance understanding and contribute to societal and environmental well-being? These questions have captivated the minds of researchers, funders, and policy makers for decades. While some quantifiable indicators, such as citations, have been widely adopted, debates about the merits and […]

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Emerging Issues, Challenges, and Priorities: The 12th BoFEP Bay of Fundy Science Workshop

Since 1996, the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP) has organized major scientific workshops approximately every two years. The twelfth, attended by over 100 speakers and participants on 9-12 May 2018 in Truro, Nova Scotia, focused on “A Changing Fundy Environment: Emerging Issues, Challenges, and Priorities.” The workshops bring researchers, managers, policymakers, and community representatives […]

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