:: Communicating Science to the Public ::
It is a commonplace that scientists should be concerned about the social,
economic and environmental impact of their work. But it is equally as
important that scientists make an effort in communicating their work to the
public. We strongly believe that anyone interested can understand the goals
and opportunities of the life sciences, if these are properly explained. All
scientists should make an effort to do this.
At the same time, however, we must also develop an understanding of public
concerns that satisfies rigorous scientific standards. We cannot dismiss
people's fears as irrational, but must trace them to their roots, and we cannot
them false hopes. Without a genuine understanding of public concerns, our
efforts at communicating science will result in science mythology, not
We plan to develop multimedia expositions on various topics of research performed at the Bielefeld Center of Biotechnology.