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Research article 13 Jun 2018

Research article | 13 Jun 2018

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The Takeover of Science Communication – Science Lost its Leading Role in the Public Discourse of Carbon Capture and Storage Research in Daily Newspapers in Germany

Simon Schneider Simon Schneider
  • University of Potsdam, Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 27, 14476 Potsdam, Germany

Abstract. CCS is an important issue that has played a major role in the agenda of scientists, researchers, and engineers. While the media representations of CCS in Germany from 2004 to 2014 showed significant characteristics of a medialization of the topic, this cannot be ascribed to science. Instead, CCS media coverage in Germany was dominated by other stakeholder groups. If Science will stay a pro-active element of science communication, new approaches for future science PR have be deduced to re-strengthen the role of science communication. Among these is the pursuit of a more differentiated understanding of target audiences and regional concerns. Science PR has to accept that the science itself is no longer the only stakeholder and actor within science communication.

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CCS media coverage in Germany was dominated by other stakeholders than science itself. If Science will stay a pro-active element of science communication, new approaches for future science PR have be deduced. Among these is a more differentiated understanding of target audiences and regional concerns. Furthermore, science communication has to gain a better understanding of sociocultural contexts to become more effective and successful.
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