Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. This practice can aim to either generate support for scientific research or study, or to inform decision making, including political and ethical thinking. Some associations for scientific communication and other sources of health science dissemination are shown below.
The Spanish Association of Scientific Communication is a non-profit organization that was established in 1975 as the Spanish Association of Scientific Journalism (AEPC). This association organizes a wide range of activities aimed at encouraging journalism and scientific communication in Spain, Europe and Latin America.
The Catalan Association of Scientific Communication was established in 1990 as a professional entity of scientific communicators, specialized journalists, scientists and editors of the Catalan area especially interested in communicating scientific information through written and audiovisual media.
The National Association of Health Informers was created in 1994 and it is currently comprised of journalists, health communicators and professionals from all health areas. This association is committed to protect the associates rights, to encourage continuous training and to ensure professional ethics. In order to achieve its objectives, the ANIS organizes activities such as seminars, meetings, workshops and an annual congress which focuses all current health information in a couple of days.
The Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (SCS-UPF) is a special university centre that aims at bringing closer together society and science. This means that, on one hand, it will foster the scientific knowledge and culture and, on the other hand, it will work for the better alignment between R+D+i –in all its stages– and society’s needs and values.
The Observatory of Scientific Communication was created in 1994 and it was committed to be at the forefront in the analysis and study of processes involved during the transmission of scientific, technical and medical knowledge to society. It addresses either research, university education or scientific communication fields. After more than two decades of work, the effort and emphasis on excellence have led OCC to be a referent in scientific research field. Nowadays, OCC has a great national and international prestige, being involved and actively participating in different atmospheres in Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
The Information and Scientific News Service is the first state public agency specialized in science, technology and innovation information in Spanish. The SINC team produces news, reports, interviews and audiovisual materials (videos, photographs, illustrations and infographics). The agency offers its service to journalists, scientists and citizens to shed light on the latest, most relevant scientific developments, with special emphasis on Spanish studies.
MATERIA is a website based on science, environment, health and technology news available online since July 2012. This website has an experienced editors team comprised of the most prestigious professionals in science, technology, environment and public health in Spain. This website is focused on the latest scientific developments of social interest, providing rigorous and independent high quality information.
INDAGANDO TV is the first Spanish science television which completely belongs to the private initiative. In the broadcast programming, available online in our website, current issues in the scope of either international science, technology, health, humanitarian medicine and environment are discussed from an entertaining and informative style.