Dr. Jefferson Lyndon D. Ragragio from the Department of Science Communication (DSC) delivered a talk on “Science Communication and Democratic Communication” during the first of a two-part hybrid seminar held in the College of Development Communication (CDC) Lecture Room 1 and via Zoom on 4 December 2023.

This was part of DSC’s SCICOMversation: Navigating Complexity Through Meaningful Conversations about Science, an annual seminar series featuring speakers with trailblazing work in science communication for development. It was held this year in partnership with Science Communicators Philippines Inc. (SciCommPH).

Dr. Ragragio emphasized three essential elements for the effective integration of science communication: diverse voices, emerging publics, and interpretive science communication.

He discussed the intricacies of science communication, explaining its dynamics at various levels: micro, meso, and macro level On the micro level, he noted how science communication interfaces with people’s perceptions of science. On the macro scale, he emphasized the responsibility of scientists and science communicators in addressing the public about their work. In the meso space, which lies in between the micro and macro, he scrutinized the role of media organizations in reporting on science. He underscored the pivotal role of media as a major influencer capable of shaping and shifting public views.

This was then followed by reactions from the discussants from three sectors, which included Asst. Prof. Mark Lester M. Chico (academe), Gianne Nicole P. Ruiz (student), and Timothy James Dimacali (practitioner and science communications head of the College of Science Communication at UP Diliman), all of whom voiced their impressions of Dr. Ragragio’s talk.

During the open forum, Dr. Ragragio highlighted that the importance of further discussing the different notions of sciences and addressing how to access science information. Participants also exchanged insights on enhancing the practice of science communication, emphasizing the  call for ongoing dialogue and improvement in science communication practices for a more inclusive policy-making and a better informed public discourse. (Clarisse Cardenas, Rafael Dilla, and Jose Mari G. Endona; Photos: Mario B. Maningas)