Improving citizens' understanding of science

Improving citizens’ understanding of science

Editorial Team RRI

With an appropriate understanding of the scientific process, citizens can cultivate well-founded views on scientific issues. This is fundamental to enable co-creation, or “citizen-science”. In her recently defended thesis, Julia Birkholz makes the case for using “Reflective Reviewing Cafés” (RCs) to enhance citizens’ understanding of science and the scientific process.

“Allowing students to reflect on the scientific process is a way of encouraging lifelong, attentive learning,” says Julia Birkholz who successfully defended the second doctoral thesis on 24 May.

This STARBIOS2 thesis, supervised by Doris Elster, is titled “Study on the efficacy of Group Reflections on the Understanding of Nature of Science in the Outreach Laboratory Backstage Sciences”.