Yesterday, the halls of the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory echoed the vibrant discussions of scientists, communication professionals, and engaged citizens. The occasion? The highly anticipated 12th Congress of the SciComPt network, themed “Accessibility in Science Through Diverse Languages and Voices.”

With a packed auditorium, the congress marked a significant milestone in the ongoing quest for inclusivity in the scientific arena. The event aimed to confront the urgent need for improved accessibility in science communication, recognizing that the responsibility of science extends far beyond the confines of laboratory walls.

In today’s fast-paced society, merely granting access to scientific publications is insufficient in empowering citizens to fully engage with scientific knowledge. As science ventures into increasingly intricate and ethically nuanced territories, bridging the gap between scientific expertise and public comprehension becomes paramount.

Against this backdrop, the congress emerged as a beacon of hope, shedding light on the pivotal role of science communication in nurturing a more inclusive scientific community. From fostering ongoing dialogues between scientists and society to addressing sensory limitations and diversifying communication channels, the congress explored a myriad of strategies to enhance accessibility in science.

Tomorrow, May 10th, the congress enters its final day at the University of Minho, it has served as a dynamic platform for interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, and the sharing of insights, best practices, and innovative approaches to science communication.

With a steadfast commitment to amplifying diverse voices and languages, the Congress aims to democratize access to scientific knowledge and empower individuals from all walks of life to partake in the scientific enterprise. Through collective action and unwavering dedication, the Congress endeavours to chart a course towards a more inclusive and accessible future in science communication.

Stay tuned for further updates as the SciComPt network continues to shape the trajectory of science communication in Portugal. 

Text by Gina Palha, Communication, Conferences & Marketing Officer and Photography Catarina Moura, Science Communication Officer