Social Studies of Science, Education, Communication (COMESE)
- The main aim of COMESE is to understand and enhance relations between science, politics and society. COMESE combines science and society studies in the following fields: evidence and decision-making processes in the interaction between science, society and politics; science communication and scientific community; representations of international migrations and representations of migrants in textbooks; science teaching and participation in the scientific debate; scientific popularization and participatory models. Common to all the various topic areas is the use of participatory methodologies to involve the various social actors in the research activities.
The project goals involve:
- – understanding the relationships between knowledge, trust and support for science;
- – expansion of the possibilities for conscious and responsible participation in the scientific and social debate;
- – promotion of decision-making processes informed by scientific evidence and the identification of paths to follow to this end;
- – bringing young people and citizens closer to science and scientific and social topics (e.g. immigration) using methodologies that enable a scientific process to be built that can highlight the salient aspects of the topic, while helping to get past simplified images and leading to greater understanding of phenomena;
- – refinement in schools and society of skills in the critical analysis of texts and images, in a period when a deluge of sources of information means that young people need to acquire critical information management tools;
- – analysis of the epistemological consequences of bibliometrics.
Participants: Adriana Valente, Valentina Tudisca, Claudia Pennacchiotti, Silvia Caravita, Michela Mayer, Fabrizio L. Ricci, Alba L’Astorina.
Key words: Science and Society, participatory methodologies, education, science communication.