How Science Communication Delivers Meaningful Frameworks About Industry 4.0 to the Public Sphere

  • Murat Can Becerir
  • Lutz PeschkeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


With the emergence of new media and interactive media technologies, the mediatized transformative process began. Specifically within the science communication context, the way we perceive issues transformed drastically. With the mediatization of forms of understanding and literacy, the public perception towards many topics, including environmental sciences has gained recognition. This research paper will be focusing on the connection between Industry 4.0 and science communication. By making a valuable contribution to the communication process through constructing a bridge between the industry and the general public, science communication provides a smooth and effective transition of mutually beneficial relationships. This paper concentrates upon the notion of sustainability and its relevance to the industrial revolution, which is also known as Industry 4.0. The paper will be exploring the ways in which how humanity can stay within the safe operating limits with the existing technology and resources. By taking into consideration the notion of sustainability, the paper will attempt to discover possible ways that how people can construct their discourse on the big framework where everything is interconnected to one another. By meaning, Industry 4.0 indicates the connection between automation, computers, smart technologies and the cloud system in which the flow of information has increased in unprecedented levels. Since Industry 4.0 is already happening and has an immense impact on our lives, science communication plays a big part in generating the accessible and relatable message of the implications regarding the age of Industry 4.0. From the automobile industry to the electronic products that we use every day, the majority of the markets use renewable energy in order to lower the costs of production and increase their profits. A disruption in the sustainable development of any given society may cause irreparable damages which can result in colossal economic and political instability. Hence, science communication plays a vital role in terms of providing an understanding of possible pros and cons regarding the practices of the industrialists and the business world. Since it can be quite hard to comprehend the full scale of the consequences of technical occupations and practices, science communication will be the vanguard in terms of constructing a meaningful framework for the general society. This paper will explore what might happen in the lack of understanding of sustainability in Industry 4.0 through renewable energy consumption. Particularly, how a situation looks like when a country experiences a huge setback for its economy, massive loss of life and property in an unsettled global economy. What kind of a scenario would people witness with a disruption in one part of the world, in a world of interconnected production of supply chains that stretch across the world? Therefore, this paper will explore the possible implications of Industry 4.0 through renewable energy consumption on a grand scale.


Sustainable development goals Renewable energy Industry 4.0 Science communication 



This research paper was generated within the scope of the project “POWER: Empowerment of Youth on Renewable Energy for Sustainable Societies”, which is funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union 2017-3-TR01-KA205-048402.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication and DesignBilkent University AnkaraAnkaraTurkey

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