The environmental scientist and the public; media mediacy
(Mediacy: The quality of being an indirect or intermediate agency)
Scientists have a role to investigate key issues relating to our environment and how we interact with it in an impartial, accurate and informed way. We are becoming well acquainted with key issues such as climate change and ocean pollution, but there have been growing events where the environment impacts on the public, from tsunamis to planes lost at sea. In these impact cases there is a poor understanding of the enormity and power of nature, and an over expectation of the science community's ability to protect the wider populous. This understanding of the environment is not managed by peer review papers, the normal conduit for science information, but by the media. As the mediator between science understanding and that of the public the stories are often changed for political benefit (climate change for example) or to soften the harsh reality of the planet we inhabit (planes lost in the ocean).
A number of projects and cases, from Cape Farewell (www.capefarewell.com) to the lost Air Malaysian flight in the Indian ocean (www.bbc.co.uk) will be used to explore the emotion of reporting environmental news. The science behind the stories and the science that passes the media filter.
Orateur(s) : Dr Simon Boxall, lecturer in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre (UK)
Public : Tous
Date : Mardi 3 septembre 2014
Lieu : Campus Jussieu - Amphi 15