I am a Research Student in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.
My PhD research will investigate aspects of science communication and public engagement in the digital age through what will ultimately become a case study of aspects of scientific research conducted at CERN. Such a study will allow me to examine the interplay between public engagement with high-energy physics and the emergence of ideas about digital scholarship, conducted within a context where openness and transparency are valued. Furthermore, my research will allow for comparison of contemporary communication and engagement practices across CERN member states: how do these practices vary from country to country where specific goals, national traditions and cultural expectations may come into play. Addressing these questions through systematic science communication research will allow me to trace how ‘local’ factors combine or conflict in different countries, allowing certain forms of public engagement to thrive while others may falter.
The main area of investigation will be how those working at CERN use digital communication channels for all aspects of the research cycle, interacting with fellow members of staff (including those in the Press Office), communicating with media professionals (e.g. journalists), and engaging with members of the public. The primary focus will primarily be on CERN scientists and the challenges they face when utilising these digital channels for communication and engagement. The work of the CERN Press Office will also be examined to explore how digital technologies are used to communicate and engage aspects of work conducted on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
last updated 06-Sep-2012