Call for Contribution - Annual Assembly European Geosciences Union
12-17 April 2015 Vienna
Session EOS 9: Main-streaming Interest in Earth Science Topics
Convener: Martin Bohle with Marion Burgio, Giuseppe Di Capua, David Grinspoon, Jesús Martinéz-Frias, Cornelia Nauen
Participants at this session will explore experiences how to mainstream curiosity for earth science topics or how to appraise them as a matter of public interest.
Participants are invited to tease out lessons how to achieve main-streaming curiosity for earth science topics, addressing both successful outreach activities and obstacles. Experiences from diverse approaches are welcome; i.e. using traditional or modern media or engaging with arts or story-telling. Deliberately, the perspective on valuing earth science topics is cast widely: inviting perspectives on the beauty or particularity of ordinary or special phenomena, evaluating hazards for or from mundane environments, or connecting the scholarly investigation with concerns of citizens at large.
The following reflections illustrate how experiences from a wide range of earth science topics might be woven into common threads of the session:
"Weather" is the earth science topic that gains regular attention in "prime-time", and consequently, meteorology is among daily interests of citizens. Why have other earth science topics not received the same sort of interest? Was it essential that since the early 1950-ties the public discussion of weather benefited from broadcasting of weather forecasts? What other examples exist and might inspire opportunities for connecting earth science topics more firmly with citizens' interests?
Most traditional earth-centric story-telling of rural societies has disappeared in the global urbanisation process. However, the relevance of understanding functioning of the Earth has increased, be it for economy or values adapted to the Anthropocene. In the last decade a public discussion of anthropogenic global change and geoengineering took off building on the discussions about weather and hazard mitigation, but also weaving demographics, linguistics and cultural histories into a richer narrative of change. What teach such interdisciplinary explorations for main-streaming interest in earth science topics?