Science communication is the discipline that aims to improve the uptake of scientific information by lay audiences.
In Australia, in 1996, the formation of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) heralded the start of the science communication movement. The new approach aimed to involve the public more in the processes and culture of science, to create an awareness of what science was attempting to achieve, to cultivate the ‘need to know’ that is the hallmark of good communication.
CPAS works to promote the relevance of science and to facilitate the communication of evidence-based information. This allows people to make decisions based on the best available evidence.
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