ScienceFlows takes part at the “VI Congress of Social Communication of Science” (CCSC2017)

From November 22 to 25, the 6th Congress of Social Communication of Science (CCSC2017) was held under the slogan “Culture and Science. Old challenges, new media “, jointly organized by the University of Córdoba and the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication (AECC). The congress included posters, presentations and communications on the communication of science and welcomed more than 385 attendees. The hashtag chosen for the event was # CCSC2017 and became a trending topic on a national level, both on Thursday 23, and on Friday, November 24.


CCSC2017 group picture. Source: AECC

The Congress was inaugurated by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Carmen Vela; the rector of the University of Córdoba, José Carlos Gómez; the Secretary General of Universities, Research and Technology of the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Torralbo, the Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States, Paulo Speller; and the president of the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication, Antonio Calvo.

The first plenary session, after the opening ceremony, was a debate on the role played by science communication in the national research strategies, and European and American models. This debate was moderated by the secretary general of the AECC and editor of the SINC agency, Pampa García. At the end of it, in the round of public interventions one of the attendees, taking advantage of the presence of Carmen Vela  in the auditorium, launched the question of whether a Ministry of Science could be something necessary to improve the situation of science in Spain. ScienceFlows shared this question in social media and there was an overwhelming majority of affirmative answers, which accounted for 94% of the 64 responses to the question: Do we need a Ministry of Science?  What is your opinion?

On Friday, November 24, the AECC presented the ‘Selfie of Scientific Communication in Spain‘, a study based on a large survey carried out among the 1800 members of the different associations of national scientific communicators (AECC, ACCC, ANIS, APIA and DivulgAcción ), of which 317 responses were gathered. The presentation of the results of this study was made by Pilar Perla, as coordinator of the work, who together with Pampa García, Natalia Ruiz, Carolina Moreno (IP of ScienceFlows) and Gonzalo Remiro carried out this project. The study, based on data collected from an online survey, details the profile of today’s science communicators.

ScienceFlows was widely represented in the congress, both by content and by format, since it presented four different research results,

  • The poster by Lorena Cano and Isabel Mendoza “Dissemination of complementary therapies in the digital press”
  • The oral communication of Myriam Martí and Vanessa Roger “Homeopathy as a belief: a semantic analysis of the Spanish digital press”
  • The poster of Mavi Corell, Isabel Mendoza and Olga Mayoral “Approach to the perception, knowledge and use of complementary therapies of teaching students”
  • Yolanda Cabrera‘s 5-minute “flash” communication called “Youtube versus natural, alternative or complementary therapies”

Once the communications are published by the congress organization, they will be available for consultation on our website.

Isabel Mendoza and Lorena Cano with their poster “Dissemination of complementary therapies in the digital press

Myriam Martí during her presentation “Homeopathy as a belief: a semantic analysis of the Spanish digital press

Isabel Mendoza with her poster “Approach to the perception, knowledge and use of complementary therapies of teaching students

ScienceFlows team at the University of Cordoba