The results of a new study examining the quality of science-oriented new media and measuring the scientific literacy level of Chinese college students have just been published.
Undertaken by teams in China and Texas, the main findings include that:
The research concluded that the quality of new media varies and considerable improvements are required to expand the impact of new media to science communication. Moreover, attention should be directed toward the credibility of scientific content sources.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019, 15(12), em1785 ISSN:1305-8223
The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) is a non-profit membership association founded in 2011 to promote and coordinate recycling initiatives and projects in Namibia. Although recycling is one important step towards the promotion of environmental integrity, RNF is also working on the other components, namely refuse, reduce, reuse, rethink, repair and re-gift.
RNF aims to ‘inspire the nation to join hands today for a cleaner Namibia tomorrow’ and foster a national network promoting effective and sustainable waste management.
Among the initiatives supported by the Forum, there is a household batteries collection, promotion of reusable shopping bags, a Schools Recycling Project, a Zero Waste store and the ‘Say No To Straw Campaign’ to protect Namibian’s wildlife.
The RNF website also offers the first national Green Directory which serves to list all the organisations and companies ranging from waste collectors to environmental management services, suppliers of ‘green’ products and more. Namibians citizens can search and locate, for example, the closest recycling points where to correctly dispose of materials like cans, glass, plastic, medical waste, broken electronics and find service providers.
The Gold Matters project explores whether a transformative approach towards sustainability can arise in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) on which an estimated 16 million people in low and lower-middle income countries are dependent as a livelihood.
The project includes collaboration with artists, among which the painter Christophe Sawadogo from Burkina Faso and the photographer Nii Obodai from Ghana. Christophe’s images were inspired by the daily movement of people, using paper to collect footprints, tyre tracks and other markings, and adding from the goldfield mine dust of many hues, stones and carbon for impression.
These artistic collaborations aim to bring to the fore the perspectives of miners and to reflect on sustainability issues in small-scale gold mining. In fact, ASGM is associated with negative environmental, social, labour and health impacts, which generate critical barriers to sustainability. The research uses a multi-actor and trans-regional approach, with comparative analysis across sites in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project is supported by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE), a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 20 European countries dedicated to leading and developing opportunities for scientists in the area of social and behavioural sciences, and by the Belmont forum, a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science.
Science for the People is a science-activist organization dedicated to building a radical political movement in science and society. Members consist of STEM scientists, workers, educators, students and activists committed to the democratic practice of science for the benefit of humanity and the planet. Science for the People engages in research and science communications for the betterment of society, ecological improvement and environmental protection to serve human needs.
The organisation had its roots in the anti-war culture of the United States in the late 1960s and lasted until the end of 1980s. In 2014, it was revived by the collaboration between the old and the new generation of members and reopened the discussion around topics of health care, climate change, social justice and science education, among others. Nowadays, there are a number of working groups dealing with topics such as biology and society, climate change, reproductive justice, science education and social responsibility, technology and others and the organisation has many local chapters with representatives, mainly from the US.
As a result of recent interest, the Science for the People Magazine, previously published from 1969 to 1989, has been relaunched online in May 2019 thanks to a fundraising campaign. View the magazine.
Read more about Science for the People mission and activities on the website
Watch the mini documentary on YouTube, to be premiered Saturday July 28, 6:30 p.m. at Caveat, 21A Clinton Street, Manhattan, New York City.
Urbanization poses many threats to wildlife such as loss of habitat, fragmentation of habitat, roads and traffic, poisons and toxins, people, and domestic animals. The Science Literacy project Zooniverse is striving to collect information that can be used by city planners to help them make educated decisions about wildlife when planning future developments.
As an initial activity a camera project in Los Angeles has been initiated to better understand what wildlife species are present and identify spatial and long-term patterns of wildlife. Cameras have been placed in urban and rural parks, golf courses, and undeveloped strips of land where permission could be obtained to mount cameras.
The City of Los Angeles is working to preserve biodiversity and are in need of wildlife occurrence information to assist with their city planning. Data from this project will help fill in some areas where there is little known information about local wildlife and help the city make educated decision in future planning.
The next European Science on Stage festival will take place from 31 October to 3 November 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.
As the largest European educational fair for STEM teachers around 450 primary and secondary school teachers from 33 countries come together to exchange best practice teaching concepts. They present their most innovative ideas from teachers for teachers in a fair, in workshops, and in performances.
Registration is now open for the annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week Feature
Conference and Youth Agenda Forum, 24 - 26 September, Gothenburg.
The official website for the conference will be published shortly.
The results of the desk research for the study The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works? have now been synthesised and the preparation of an open online toolkit for impact evaluation across different delivery methods of science literacies is in the process of being compiled.
Items of potential interest will be added to this page as they become known to us. We encourage your participation in making the toolkit as comprehensive and current as possible.
If you have content which you would like to be considered for the toolkit please contact Carol Usher
Bibliographies and individual analyses and reviews of the 5 Groups/45 Methods continue to be updated on a regular basis.