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Title: Public dialogue on physics and related technology after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, the importance of bottom-up and two-way dialogue between scientists and the public has been recognized. In such dialogue, information provided must accurately match the public’s interest and ability regarding science and technology. We have started to investigate what people want to know about physics. Some were interested in energy security (a particular concern in Japan), but others were concerned about radioactivity in food and natural radiation background. The conversations revealed that physicists often give insufficient explanations of the biological effects of radiation and highlighted key points for physicists to make when talking with the public.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Organization for Research Initiatives and Development, Doshisha University, Kyoto (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22494420
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1697; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 5. IUPAP international conference on women in physics, Waterloo (Canada), 5-8 Aug 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; BIOLOGICAL RADIATION EFFECTS; ENERGY SECURITY; FOOD; FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION; HUMAN POPULATIONS; NATURAL RADIOACTIVITY; PUBLIC INFORMATION; PUBLIC OPINION; RADIATION ACCIDENTS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL