The Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication for science

What it is

It’s a useful tool made up of ten practical principles for a correct, simple and non-hostile narration of science and its stories.
The adaptation is based on the contributions given by scores of experts in this field.

  1. Virtual is real

    I justify my online statements as I would do in person. I only share reliable and verified information. I respect my audience and I measure my explanations to make myself understood.

  2. You are what you communicate

    Scientific method and ethics guide me when communicating. I only speak of what I have studied and pondered. In my dissemination activity, I do not focus attention on myself, but on the beauty of science.

  3. Words shape the way you think

    I choose words and examples that can convey complicated concepts in a clear manner. I give value to rationality and critical thought, but I also consider the human side important.

  4. Listen before you speak

    Science progresses thanks to a respectful, open-minded and constructive attitude in respect of honest criticism. I say yes to reliable discussions, I say no to authoritarian and dogmatic ones.

  5. Words are bridges

    I communicate in a friendly way, avoiding both trivialization and unnecessary technical terms. Science speaks a language of peace, which welcomes, puts in contact, includes and helps everyone improve.

  1. Words have consequences

    I am aware that my opinion influences my audience. For this reason, I speak in a clear, responsible and truthful manner. I avoid creating illusions, I give space to empathy and, if possible to hope.

  2. Share with care

    Checking of facts is crucial: I analyse sources, theories and data before disseminating them. I am aware that sharing methods and outcomes is a right and a duty towards the community.

  3. Ideas can be discussed.
    People must be respected

    Science progresses also by acknowledging and correcting its mistakes. Therefore, open-minded, respectful and interdisciplinary discussions are the core of science.

  4. An insult is not an argument

    I never use insults or an aggressive attitude, which prevent a fruitful discussion, demean science and could even discredit a correct opinion.

  5. Silence says something too

    If I am not competent in a specific topic, I do not talk about it. If there is uncertainty or disagreement on an issue, I say “I don’t know”. If the risk is fueling fruitless controversies, I do not say anything.

In partnership with

The Manifesto was achieved thanks to the coordination of the Master’s Course in Science Communication of SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) Franco Prattico, the Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico, and the University of Trieste, as part of the project SHARPER – European Researchers’ Night and it will be an official document of ESOF 2020 – Trieste European City of Science.


Master’s Course in Science Communication “Franco Prattico”

University of Trieste

Immaginario Scientifico

The following contributed to the Manifesto for Science: 100 contributions from scientists and science communicators

Ilaria Zanardi, Giovanni Vladilo, Daniela Minerva, Piero Paolo Battaglini, Furio Suggi Liverani, Luigi Amodio, Andrea Romanino, Erik Romelli, Davide Crepaldi, Serena Mizzan, Mariachiara Tallacchini, Marco Ferrazzoli, Alessandro Vangelisti , Ester Colizza, Paola Reina, Roberto Maier, Yuri Bozzi, Lorenzo Pizzuti, Bruna Scaggiante, Salvatore Fruguglietti, Francesca Petrera, Matteo Caleo, Cristina D’Addato, Cristina Serra, Luigi Civalleri, Roberta Villa, Marco Costantini, Leonardo Alfonsi, Lorenzo Pizzuti, Stefano Sandrelli, Nicola Bressi, Francesco Menegoni, Francesca Iannelli, Nico Pitrelli, Chiara Saviane, Marina D’Alessandro, Donato Ramani, Fabio Turone, Fabio Benfenati, Fabrizia Cesca, Marco Ciardi, Andrea Lausi, Daniele Gouthier, Francesca Matteucci, Laura Berti, Nicola Bellomo, Luca Carra, Massimiliano Razzano, Laura Zanardini, Riccardo Cucini, Patrizia Caraveo, Laura Ballerini, Mauro Gargano, Silvia Marchesan, Silvia Bencivelli, Maurizio Fermeglia, Iain Mattaj

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Others subscribers

Mauro Giacca, King’s College London, Giorgio Ventre, Director of the Developer Academy Apple of Neaples, Piero Bianucci, Italian writer and journalist in the field of science, Andrea Bandelli, Executive Director of Science Gallery, Luigi Amodio, Director of the Foundation IDIS-City of Science of Neaples, Luca Perri, winner of the scientific talent Famelab (2015) and passionate science writer, Chiara Zuffetti, Early Career Geoscientist, Cinzia Gonzato, Teacher, Conchita Siliquini, teacher, sociologist and nurse, Elena Bizzotto, dental hygienist, Gianni Piffari, retired, Laura Crippa, teacher, Giuseppina Vicario, HR, Marco Polimeni, Videomaker, Roberto Di Lenarda, Rector of the University of Trieste, Francesca Tosoni, Head of the Office for Scientific Dissemination Services – University of Trieste and many more…

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