Science Communication2021-11-04T10:43:01+01:00

Science Communication

How to build the bridge between scientific evidence and relevance for different
stakeholders such as policy makers, service providers and specific groups

Science communication has a longstanding tradition in CHM’s work. Our aim is to bridge the gap between research and practice and to bring together stakeholders from research, policy development and practice.

CHM applies a transdisciplinary approach where policy and practice experts cooperate with researchers from the very beginning of research processes and where researchers are partners in policy and practice development. For dissemination of results and findings, we use multiple formats to reach different audiences.


We start with the definition of science communication as suggested by T.W. Burns et al (2003) in their publication Science Communication: A Contemporary Definition:

„Science communication is defined as the use of appropriate skills, media, activities, and dialogue to produce one or more of the following personal responses to science: Awareness, Enjoyment, Interest, Opinion-forming, and Understanding.“

With our transdisciplinary approach, we go beyond this definition involving policy makers and practice experts as partners in all stages of the research process.

How to manage transdisciplinary

Example / Beispiel:

Projektmanagement im
transdisziplinären Kontext

Im Projekt „MitarbeiterInnengesundheit und ihre Determinanten im Setting Krankenhaus“ (GMK) entwickelte eine interdisziplinäre Wissenschaftsgruppe (Soziologie, Psychologie, Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung, Arbeitsmedizin) gemeinsam mit einer Praxisgruppe von sieben österreichischen Krankenhäusern ein Wirkmodell und Evaluationsinstrumente zur Gesundheit und Gesundheitsförderung für MitarbeiterInnen im Krankenhaus.

COST action Young-in working group Science Communication

CHM leads the working group on Science Communication in the framework of COST action CA17114 Young-in and holds responsibel for the development of the Science Communication strategy.

3rd Young-in Science Communica-
tion meeting

Vienna, Austria, 09- 11 September 2019

Science Communication working group continued to develop a design and content for a training school and made first decisions on title, duration and venue.

The training school on “Communicating Science in a Way you didn’t learn in Academia” will take place in Madrid, 02-04 September 2020.

In the 3rd Vienna meeting two communication experts shared their experiences and gave tips on how to relate to different audiences. Gill Tudor, Chief of Public Information Section, Legal & External Relations Division, The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) gave an input on “Public information and how to transform science information to a language policymakers and public would understand” and engaged the group in a vivid discussion. Tanja Traxler, Editor of the „Research Special“ Journal of the Austrian quality newspaper “Der Standard“, shared “does and dont’s” in approaching journalists with research findings, writing press releases and using social media for science communication to a non-academic audience. During a site visit at the newspaper’s premises she gave insights into the daily work of science journalists.

2nd Young-in Science Communica-
tion meeting

Valletta, Malta, 19-20 September 2019

Science Communication working group discussed how to reach out to other than academic groups and identified what skills are needed for doing this sucessfully. Expertise among group members is high and will be shared in a training school on Science Communication.  First plans for the training school have been made in Valletta; planning will be continued during the 3rd Science Communication meeting in Vienna in December 2019.

1st Young-in Science Communica-
tion meeting

Vienna, Austria, 2-3 April 2019

Experts from seven countries defined relevant dimensions of science communication and developed a mind map as starting point for further development of the Young-in communication strategy. Representatives of all Young-in working groups, experts from policy and practice, web designers, and young students were involved in the discussion.

Young-in Training School

Communicating Science in a way you didn’t learn in academia.
Enhancing skills to communicate research on transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral
disadvantage in youth to non-scientists

Madrid, Spain  11-13 October 2021


The Training School addressed the need of researchers in the field of inclusion of disadvantaged youth in societies for skills to successfully reach out to other than academic groups, with a focus on communicating with media/newspapers/journalists and reaching policy and practice stakeholders. 16 participants from 13 countries and 5 trainers from 4 countries worked together to develop these skills.


A round table was organised to discuss and reflect ways and strategies to communicate scientific results to policy makers and a broader audience, with inputs by the SINC journalist Adeline Marcos Talva, the policy analyst Gabriela Jorquera and Pau Marí-Klose, Member of Parliament & Sociology Professor, Unizar. The inputs were received with great interest and panelists engaged in a vivid discussion with participants.

In a city walk through Madrids’ Lavapiés quarter, participant got interesting insights into current developments in the area of youth, migration and urban issues.

Many thanks to Francisco Javier Moreno Fuentes, the local organizer of the training school, for the enormous effort he made to host the Training School under restrictions of COVID-19!

It is impressive that you bring together the practical and theoretical aspects of science journalism and its communication strategy. I have learned many things I could not have imagined about how to present my academic work to my audience, how to make it interesting, how to manage time, and how to convey the key message of scientific results. It’s all about attracting attention, communicating effectively, and reaching the general public.” (written feedback in the anonymous evaluation form).

Young-in Science Communication print products

folder, postcard, business card

COST Action CA17132 APPLY


The European network for Argumentation and Public PoLicY analysis improves the way European citizens understand, evaluate and contribute to public decision-making on such matters of common concern as climate change or energy policies.

CHM engages with a focus on Designing Public Argumentation and Policymaking.  The respective working group aims at the development of prescriptive tools for participants in public controversies to engage in well-informed and well-considered discussions.