SUstaiNability: a science communication website on environmental research
T. Gravina, M. Muselli, R. Ligrone, and F.A. Rutigliano
Environmental Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies Department, Second University of Naples (Italy)
Received: 14 Jan 2016 – Accepted for review: 15 Jan 2016 – Discussion started: 19 Jan 2016
Abstract. Social networks allow anyone to publish information; such a boundless possibility is useful for participatory journalism, but is highly prone to create/diffuse mistakes and misunderstandings in scientific issues. In 2013 we created a website (http://www.sunability.unina2.it) containing research products from Second University of Naples (Italy), and shared them on Facebook and Twitter to analyze the effectiveness of these platforms in science divulgation. The study suggests that (i) regular updating of websites enhances users' interest; (ii) Campania citizen are more interested in pollution than natural hazards. Our results strongly point to the need for direct involvement of researchers in web-mediated scientific dissemination.
Gravina, T., Muselli, M., Ligrone, R., and Rutigliano, F. A.: SUstaiNability: a science communication website on environmental research, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/nhess-2015-305, 2016.