Science and Society Research Group
The Science and Society Research Group aims to advance research on the relationship between science and all spheres of society, as well as on science communication strategies in the broader sense. It will also aim to explore the effective practical application of research results and to develop collaborations between research and practical application.
The public understanding of science and the relationship between science and all segments of society is particularly relevant in today's information society. Effective science communication improves the relationship between science and policymakers, industry and market, civil society, and various disciplines. Furthermore, effective science communication enhances the role of science in society and its support by putting the public interest at the centre of knowledge production, sharing, and application. It reduces social alienation from science and anti-scientific attitudes. This latter is extremely relevant in the current information, communication, and media environment.
The scope of the study and practices of science communication, used as an umbrella term, is extremely wide-ranging. The study and practice of science-society relations and communication and the public understanding of science require a complex approach.
The Research Group carries out basic and applied research, publication, and dissemination activities in the above-mentioned thematic areas at the domestic and international levels. Given the nature of the research topic, it is of particular importance to establish domestic and international collaborations in research, education, dissemination, organisation, and publication with higher education and academic research institutions, research communities, experts, think tanks, government agencies, training institutions, and media partners.
Founding members of the Research Group
Nóra Falyuna, PhD is a linguist, science communication specialist, and assistant professor at the University of Public Service. He is one of the founding members of the TudCom science communication research group at the Corvinus University of Budapest, a visiting lecturer at several institutions, a member of the Hungarian Association of Applied Linguists and Language Teachers, Hungarian Research Centre for Pragmatics and the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists. Her main research topics are science communication, pseudoscience, conspiracy theory, anti-science, manipulation, deception, and disinformation in digital communication. Previously, she has mainly analysed the communicative characteristics of pseudo-scientific content emerging online, embedding her results in a curricular approach to science communication, reflecting on not only technical but also social changes in science communication practices and the use of the results in education. More recently, she has been investigating the networking of pseudoscientific content and conspiracy theories with deception or manipulation phenomena and the emergence of online disinformation networks. She regularly publishes lectures, makes media appearances, and disseminates scientific knowledge to various audiences on his research topics. As a science communication expert, he is also involved in projects for various institutions and companies.
Márton Demeter Habil. PhD is a professor of communication studies and the Head of the Office for Science Strategy at the University of Public Service. He is also a senior researcher at the Corvinus Institute of Advanced Studies (CIAS) and co-founder and research leader of the Metrics & Media Lab. His research area is the critical and empirical analysis of the processes of global academic knowledge production, the investigation of the internationalisation and networking of science, and the modelling of the processes of academic capital formation and capital accumulation. He also conducts extensive research in communication and media studies. He has published more than half a hundred articles in leading international journals in the field, such as Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, or the International Journal of Communication. He serves as an editorial board member in over a dozen international journals and holds positions in many international organisations such as the ICA or ECREA. His monograph Academic Knowledge Production and the Global South: Questioning Inequality and Underrepresentation was published in 2021 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Katalin Feher Habil. PhD is an associate professor at the University of Public Service, vice president of ECREA Mediatization, the founder of AI Media Research, Fulbright Alumna, a fellow of Horizon Europe NGI Transatlantic Program, a Bolyai Postdoc at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a visiting professor at the Masaryk University and a member of the University of Southern California MASTS. Her broad research field is sociocultural AI, and she is an expert in AI media and info-communication.
Árpád Rab, PhD is a digital culture expert, futurologist, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of the Information Society at the University of Public Service, Eötvös József Research Centre, Head of Research at the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, an artificial intelligence expert, expert on the information society at UNESCO. For two decades, he has been researching the relationship between digital technologies and society, trying to understand important trends of the present and future scenarios, and intelligent preparation for society and work to improve society through technology. Currently, it is most concerned with artificial intelligence and e-health. He is a committed science communicator: he presents at nearly 100 conferences a year, and he regularly appears in the media as an expert. In addition to his theoretical research, he works as a digital transformation and strategy consultant for companies, taking on 4-6 major projects per year.