Lodz Conference - October 2013

Truth or Dare?

Dilemmas in science communication with children


23rd - 26th October 2013 in Lodz, Poland.

How controversial can science communication for children be? Do organisers face up to an obligation of communicating difficult topics - like scientific malpractice, responsibility or discrepancies? What about a broader approach of knowledge and a reflection of the not so obvious science issues such as poverty, discrimination, violence, politics or even religion? And how do we find the right words and ways to let children know about? Children’s Universities are a well proven way of providing low-threshold science communication and engagement with the academic world. But how important is a critical view on the choice of subjects and how do we balance fun and scepticism? Are we aware of a tendency for mainstream, easy-going or economy-dependent subjects at the cost of a sceptical and holistic approach? How does this influence the children’s perception of science in general?

At the EUCU.NET/SiS Catalyst Conference in Łodz, we are going to discuss those ethical and highly sensitive issues. We will explore methods of how SiS for children activities can ask difficult questions and search for answers together with its young participants.