Systematic review about the impact of science on society and sustainable development showcased by particle physics

  • V Echaide Navarro Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  • M H Ramírez Díaz Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
  • P Foka GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung


Communication is a fundamental tool for any organization. In the case of scientific organizations, fundamental research is the main mission, and its real-world impact might not always be immediately perceptible to the public. The International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) is an international team of scientists, science educators, and communication experts dedicated to informal science education and engaging the public in the field of particle physics. One of their main objectives is to create pioneering strategies that can contribute to strengthening the relationship between science, technology, and society, ultimately leading to innovation and a more prosperous future. One of the IPPOG proposals is to collect stories with a human touch about the practical applications of particle physics fundamental research as well as to establish a communication channel to reach society. The later could be based on the possibility that students could become scientific ambassadors, contributing as strategic allies to the goal of promoting fundamental research. In support of this proposal, the present article seeks to summarize the findings of studies about storytelling for engaging audiences in science, based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses method.