Hans Peter Peters

Hans Peter Peters

Short Bio

Hans Peter Peters is a senior researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, section Ethics in the Neurosciences, of Forschungszentrum Jülich, a research center of the Helmholtz Association in Germany, and Adjunct Professor of Science Journalism at the Free University of Berlin.

His research deals with the formation of public opinion on science, technology, biomedicine and the environment under the conditions of a media society. In particular, he focuses on the interdependencies of science and journalism, and on the impact of scientific knowledge on public meaning construction of biomedical & technical innovations and science-related public issues.

After a journalism traineeship he studied social science & physics and took his degree ("Staatsexamen") in 1981 at the University of Cologne. In 1984 he received his Ph.D. in social science from the Ruhr-University of Bochum. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) and serves on the Editorial Boards of Public Understanding of Science and Journal of Science Communication and the Editorial Advisory Board of Science Communication.

As principal investigator of several research projects, Peters analyzed the perception of the Chernobyl disaster by the German public, the nuclear power controversy in Germany, interactions of scientists and journalists, and cognitive responses of media audiences to media stories about biotechnology and other science-related topics. Recent research projects deal with public meaning construction of global climate change, cross-national comparison of public opinion on food biotechnology in Germany and the USA, the science-media interface, the medialization of science and the role of mass media in science governance. [see research]

Peters published many journal articles, book chapters and books dealing with public communication and perception of science and technology, e.g. "Interactions with the mass media" (Science 321, 11 July 2008), "Culture and technological innovation" (International Journal of Public Opinion Research 19, 2007), and "The committed are hard to persuade: recipients' thoughts during exposure to newspaper and TV stories on genetic engineering and their effect on attitudes" (New Genetics & Society 19, 2000). [see publications]


Hans Peter Peters - last modified: 9 Sep 2013