What is it about?

In a nutshell, the big issues the world is dealing with mean that universities need to focus more on teaching people how to communicate about science. We're sharing our experience of adding sustainability into a university-level science communication course. We did it in three stages. In this paper, we look back and explain why and how we shifted from just teaching about sustainability to teaching for sustainability, and eventually making the teaching itself sustainable. We wrap up by talking about what we learned and what it means for teaching and learning about both sustainability science communication and science communication in general.

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Why is it important?

Our research is important because universities all over the world have an important role to play in contributing to a more sustainable future through their teaching - but there is a lack of research that tells us how to do this.


Around 2018, I had become so worried about politicians' lack of response to the problems caused by climate change and the growing biodiversity crisis that I considered leaving academia and becoming an activist. Eventually, I decided I could make a bigger difference as a tenured staff member by promoting sustainability in higher education. I thus decided to reorient my research and teaching on science communication towards sustainability. This paper is the first publication of that research.

Dr. Marianne Achiam
University of Copenhagen

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This page is a summary of: Integrating sustainability into a higher education science communication course, Journal of Science Communication, December 2023, Sissa Medialab, SRL,
DOI: 10.22323/2.22060201.
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