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6th International PCST


6th International PCST
"Trends in Science Communication today:
Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice"

Theme 3: Focus on Novel Ways of Communicating and Teaching Science
Workshop 8: New Media for Science Communication
Workshop 9: Science Communication Schools

CERN, Geneva

Why we need a new and more democratic culture of science journalism

Steel and coal are drifting towards obsolescence. The raw materials for
the 21st century are science and
technology. Anyone who wants to keep pace with society and its
achievements as well as its benefit from science and technology is
obliged to put his brain on a
knowledge diet. It is our responsibility as
science writers to satisfy this need properly. The "food for thought" we
offer has to be fresh, up-to-date and represent all relevant fields of
research, it must be easy to understand and entertaining, but above all it must
clarify the meaning of science as a vehicle for the advancement of society.
Facing this
obligation, 146 attendents from 30 countries passed a declaration at the second
conference of science journalism in Budapest in July 1999 calling for a new and
more democratic culture of science journalism in order to link science with the
daily life of the
general population and mediate its social and political context. As a result of this
declaration, PM magazine, Germany's leading popular science publication, is
its science news section to comply with the Budapest Declaration in the hope
that our readers will gain a better comprehension of the world of science. I
will be giving you a rundown of the measures we take with concrete examples.
Moreover I shall attempt to outline ideas about how future
print media and science communication schools should be set up to meet the
challenges and transformations in this new century. In order to put the spirit of
Budapest Declaration into practice academically, a panel of international science
writers has planned a workshop especially for third world journalists this summer
at the "Ettore Majorana" Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture in

Wolfgang C. Goede
Science News Editor
PM Magazine
World of modern knowledge
Weihenstephaner Str. 7
81673 Munich
Tel: 0049 89 4152-558
Fax: 0049 89 4152-565

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