MONTEVIDEO – Spanish mathematician Eduardo Saenz de Cabezon told EFE on Friday that it is crucial to develop science communication – the public communication of science-related topics to the general public – as well as to improve scientists’ communication skills.
Saenz de Cabezon was speaking at the first edition of the “Science Communication Laboratory” organized by the Spanish-supported Montevideo Training Center, as well as other organizations, with the backing of UNESCO.
This initiative seeks to encourage science communication training and provides workshops.
“We are addressing science communication from several points of view. First, we start with an introduction about why science communication is important and who should carry out science communication, and we provide some methodology to be able to understand and describe science communication texts,” Saenz de Cabezon said.
According to the mathematician, there are currently “a variety of ways” to communicate science and there is a boom of tools to help carry out science communication.
“I think it is crucial and it is something that scientists lack, they lack training in communication skills, and it is important because if you are going to be in contact with the public or with society, you should also have communication skills and techniques,” Saenz de Cabezon said.
The mathematician added that the key is to create “communication networks” with science communication experts in various fields, including journalists, scientists and consultants at institutions.
Saenz de Cabezon is not only a mathematician, he is also a member of a group of comedians called Big Van, who explain science-related topics to the general public through comedic monologues.