We all recognise the need to reach new audiences in science communication. DISC (Delivering inclusion in science communication) is a new project that will provide opportunities for ethnic minority groups and the science communication community to work together to enable greater participation in science.
DISC is creating sustainable partnerships between ethnic minority groups and the science communication community, and is a national initiative of the African-Caribbean Network for Science & Technology (ACNST) and the BA.
An effective national framework will be developed to facilitate empowering networks and sustainable partnerships between ethnic minorities and the science communication community, by engaging both groups in consultation and dialogue, in two stages:
- DISC will organise separate consultation events for ethnic minorities and science communicators to assess the needs, interests and barriers that each face when involving ethnic minorities in science communication activities.
- The consultation events will be organised in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Exeter.
- The representatives of ethnic minority groups and science communication groups involved in year one will be brought together to network, share ideas and challenges, and develop partnerships that will enable the groups to organize innovative initiatives.
- The project will provide resources on ‘good practice’ and a database of groups interested in science communication.
DISC is funded by Copus and NESTA.