Science communication research in the German-speaking countries: A content analysis of conference abstracts

Abstract

The study examines the state of science communication research in the German-speaking countries. Based on a standardized content analysis of all extended abstracts submitted to the annual conferences of the German Communication Association’s science communication division from 2014 to 2018 (N = 141), it describes the respective scholarly community, its research foci and objects. The results indicate that science communication has developed toward a well-established community and marks an institutionalization of the research field. Furthermore, the findings of the content analysis indicate that science communication research in the German-speaking countries shows parallels to international developments in terms of research foci, objects, and analytical models, but also differences regarding theories and methods.

Published
2020-02-02
How to Cite
Kessler, S. H., Fähnrich, B., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Science communication research in the German-speaking countries: A content analysis of conference abstracts. Studies in Communication Sciences, 19(2), 243–251. https://doi.org/10.24434/j.scoms.2019.02.012