Science Communication


Exploring geotourism as a vehicle for science communication

Janis Russell

How do people interpret landscape features on their travels and what do they think about geology and its conservation? In the Catlins, I take a visitor-centred approach to explore these questions and look at the role of geotourism for communicating science, in a New Zealand context. Insight from the findings, informs the design and content of a guide to the geology and landscape of the Catlins.

Emma Schranz Webisode 1

Perspectives on communication with atypical breast cancer patients in New Zealand

Emma Schranz

The world of breast cancer is pink, female-centric and aimed at the older, post-menopausal demographic. Whilst it is fitting that health campaigns be aimed at the majority of patients registering with the disease, these characteristics are not appropriate for everyone diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand.

Communicating conservation with detection dogs

Ellen Rykers

They're cute, they're cuddly, and they're here to protect New Zealand's environment. Conservation dogs sniff out endangered species and introduced pests. Do they also engage the public with conservation issues?


Traveling towards 2050

Jean Fletcher

My project investigates people’s perceptions of what travel will look like in the year 2050. It then explores how these expectations relate to people’s ability to visualize the future, concern about climate change, and technological optimism. Lastly, my project considers the role that stories could play in changing the way people think about future travel.

An integrated model of science communication

Nancy Longnecker

In this article from the Journal of Science Communication, a plant metaphor is used to describe individuals and their uptake and use of information. It explores how internal and external factors influence our knowledge and understanding, and how an awareness of these factors can make us all better communicators.