Capacities and competences in dealing with hate speech and hostility towards science (CAPAZ)
In recent decades, there has been an increase in the number of attacks on scientists through digital platforms for science communication and the political desire for more social impact. The climate debate of the past few years has made this phenomenon very clear. Most recently, researchers were at the centre of populist campaigns and hate speech during the Covid 19 pandemic. Online platforms reinforce this trend and provide a space to spread such negative statements quickly and with high visibility.
New strategies for a resilient research system
Verbal attacks and threats against researchers on social media are a significant part of hostility towards science. They can have a negative impact on scientists’ willingness to engage with societal actors or to communicate their knowledge publicly. Therefore, it is immensely important to prevent hostility towards science and attacks on researchers. So far, however, there is a lack of effective resources, strategies and measures to deal with these attacks and their effects at the level of both, individual scientists and institutions. Consequently, capacities and competencies are needed for researchers and scientific institutions to deal with modern forms of hostility towards science.
Central contact point for researchers and research institutes
The aim of the project is to make the science system more resilient and adaptable to current developments. To this end, the CAPAZ project network is developing a range of different content and structures:
SciComm Support is a nationwide contact point for attacks and unobjective conflicts in science communication. It is a joint initiative of the German Association for University Communication and Wissenschaft im Dialog.
- Alexander von Humboldt Institut für
- Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) – Network coordinator
- Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science (BSOPE)
- Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation (BV_HK)
- Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
- German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
- Leibniz Institute for Media Research│Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
- Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD)
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