Three characters trying to cross mountains, a river, and a forest. Without the help of a ladder and bridge, they would not be able to. However, the ladder and bridge increase the accessibility for the characters. They manage to cross and are happy in the end.

Digitalization – a chance for better accessibility in science communication?

Talks, workshops, shows, … all of these formats had to find their way to the internet due to the current pandemic. Taking those aside who do not or cannot use the internet, still about 90% of households in the EU had access to the internet in 2020 and could potentially be reached using online formats. Having outreach events and information online especially increases the accessibility for those living in less-dense populated areas in which in-person science communication (scicomm) events seldom take place. However, there are more advantages to digital scicomm, making it possible to not only bring science to people’s living rooms, but also holding the potential to increase inclusivity by using easy-access tools, thereby truly increasing overall accessibility.