“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” Carl Sagan.
“The Ivory Tower” April, 2015. Watercolour, pencil.
Science drives us forward as a society, but people see modern science as a new alchemy. It scares us all and, when scientists try to communicate with the wider public, the language they use is often incomprehensible. Public recognition for the work of scientists and their findings is absolutely essential for the way science is perceived. When scientific research and its results are well founded and coherently presented, acceptance and funding are assured. Scientists must get out from our ivory tower and we must explain what we do and what for.
Scientists alone won´t change their way of science communication, we need also help from journalists and politicians. This effort needs to be done because increasing background scientific knowledge will help us living in an increasingly technological society.