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To blog or not to blog?

June 30, 2022 at 2 p.m., an online workshop on science communication for consortium members

Saša Novak, Jožef Stefan Institute; Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School; Science on the Street

Science is like a crime novel in which the reader can only read the last page where s/he finds out who the criminal is. What about the story that led to the final conclusion? How can the public understand scientific research that may unknowingly give the impression that it takes a long, (too) long time?

Aren’t the scientific research itself, thinking of researchers, their dilemmas, methods, deviations, partial successes and occasional failures, interesting and worthy of the reader’s attention? How long and hard is the path to new discoveries, how many repetitions are needed to confirm the hypothesis, and what the life of a researcher is like? A blog written by researchers about their work can answer many unanswered questions to the public and explain many public misconceptions about scientific research and science.