The relationship between science, media and the public sphere has changed fundamentally in recent decades. As late as the mid 1990s, the status of science reporting in the German-speaking countries was "stably marginal”. Today it is a firmly established component of media output – be it in the print, broadcasting or online sector. The number and volume of science pages, science supplements, science magazines, science programs and science blogs are steadily growing. However, in Austria, the public acceptance of science and research has been consistently low for many years. This is expressed both in a consistently low interest in scientific matters in general, well below the average value for the states of the European Union, and in the (by European standards) relatively low social relevance ascribed to scientific activity in various disciplines. Based on extensive basic research, CMC was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy to investigate the causes for this low interest in science and research.
On behalf of the Academy, additional subprojects are concerned with analyzing media coverage of famous scientists (such as Charles Darwin) and scientific areas (like medicine).
Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy ("Responsible Science", 2015)
"Ganz Ohr für die Wissenschaft" [All Ears for Science] (in cooperation with ORF Radio Ö1 and the network of scientific podcasters), Vienna, 28.-29.09.2018
"Wissenschaft und Medien: Ein gestörtes Verhältnis?" [Science and Media: A Disturbed Relationship?] Ein Kolloquium der philosophisch-historischen Klasse der ÖAW [A colloquium of the Divison of Humanties and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences], Vienna, 11.11.2010
In the media
In several interviews, Maren Beaufort argues for a new approach to understand the relationship between science and the public:
“Von der Einbahnstraße zur Partizipation [From one-way street to participation]“: science.orf.at, 16.10.2016
“Es ist wieder cool, viel zu wissen [Knowledge is cool again]”: APA Science Magazin 1/2016
"Journalismus soll sich Zeit lassen [Journalism should take its time]": science.orf.at, 15.01.2016
"Grundlagenforschung? Brauch ma net! [Basic research? Don´t need that!]": derStandard.at, 24.11.2010
Darwin als Opfer des Boulevards: science.orf.at, 10.11.2017