We all recognise the need to reach new audiences in science communication. DISC (Delivering inclusion in science communication) is a 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 () 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:
In September representatives of ethnic minority groups and science communication groups involved in year one were brought together to network, share ideas and challenges, and develop partnerships that will enable the groups to organise innovative initiatives. The project provided resources on ‘good practice’ and a database of groups interested in science communication. Further information on the residential training programme can be found .
Web resources are now available that report on the , as well as
In DISC organised 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.
Consultation events were held in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Sunderland and Exeter.
Reports for these events are available here.
DISC is funded by and NESTA.