The Communication of Science: A case study: The Communication of GMO in China and the UK

Yuzhou Fan, Zhiyuan Cong, Anastasiya Haugaard & Yonatan Kelder

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In science, the natural science is being used to study the nature surrounding us. As a rule, the methods of natural science are based on strong scientific evidence that would either prove or disprove the scientific hypothesis. Therefore, the natural science is considered to be pretty much unilateral; there is very little uncertainty within the evidence of natural science. Doing this project has taught us the opposite. The basic semester requirement is to write a project “about science” and not “within the science”. For our investigation we have chosen to do a project on the “dissemination of science outside of the educational system”. Our scope of investigation is communication of science, and the research question is: “Which factors are influencing the communication of science in the mass media, based on the case study of the communication of GM plants in China and in UK? To answer this question a media analysis, called “coding schedule”, was carried out, in which 45 articles from online newspapers publications in each country were compared by some parameters chosen by us. On the example of our case study we have came to a conclusion that there are many political, economic, cultural and historical factors that influence the communication of science in every society. This knowledge has broadened our view on natural science and taught us that there is also much uncertainty about the natural science and that it is also closely interrelated to other forms of science when we look at it from the “outside” of the scientific scope.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2006
VejledereSøren Laurentius Nielsen


  • Media analysis
  • China
  • UK
  • GMO
  • Communication of science
  • Coding Schedule