Communicating climate change effectively: Role of journalists and scientists

In this episode we discuss journalism and scientific communication from the perspective of climate change.

  • The importance of communicating science and engaging different actors to create climate change awareness.
  • The role of scientists in society in mediating dialogue to reach the general public and broad audiences.
  • The main challenges encountered in communicating climate change and the roles of social media, traditional media, and alternatives communication strategies.

Our guest Sara Moraca is a science communicator and scientific journalist. She has a BSc degree in Communication and in Biology, and she completed a Master in Scientific journalism, at SISSA in Trieste, Italy in 2016. Her work as a scientific journalist appears in prominent Italian and international magazines and newspapers like Wired Italy, National Geographic, Nature Italy, and Corriere della Sera, and covers topics of biodiversity, sustainability and climate change. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the program “Future Earth, climate change and societal challenge” at the University of Bologna and the Institute for Climate and Atmosphere Sciences. Her research focuses on climate change communication and public health. Find her on Twitter.

Our interviewer for this episode is Caterina Mogno, PhD candidate in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she works on the impact of transport on urban air quality. She holds a BSc and a MSc in Physics from the University of Padua, Italy, and has also worked for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission at the Sustainable Transport Unit. Find her on Twitter.

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Music by Ritesh Prasanna.

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