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The Science of Climate Change Communication: Engaging the Public, Policymakers, and Journalists
Mon, 18 Apr, 19:00–20:00

This town hall meeting introduces the EGU scientific community to major insights, trends, and recommendations from social science research on effective climate change communication, emphasizing the implications for engaging the public, policymakers, and the news media.

Public information: --INTRODUCTION (5 minutes)--Alan Graubard, Senior Editor, Oxford University Press briefly discusses growth in research and knowledge about climate change communication, and the recognition by Oxford University Press, other publishers, and scientific societies of the need for comprehensive, peer-reviewed resources on the topic that are global in scope and reach, and relevant to scientists, social scientists, and a variety of professionals. --CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC OPINION AND SOCIETAL DECISIONS (20 mins)--Matthew C. Nisbet, Associate Professor of Communication, Northeastern University & Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication reviews research on the role of communication and the news media in shaping public understanding of climate change including research based strategies for more effectively engaging the public and decision-makers.--CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEWS MEDIA AND IMPROVING JOURNALISTIC DECISIONS(20 min)--Mike Schäfer, Professor of Science Communication, University of Zurich reviews research on trends in news coverage of climate change and journalistic decisions about it, emphasizing the implications for scientists and the scientific community to work with journalists to improve the quality of coverage. --QUESTIONS & COMMENTS--15-20 minutes.