The Scientific Communication Research Group (GRECC) concentrates its interest in the role of media and scientific institutions in the task of public understanding of science. Thus, the research developed by the GRECC revolves around scientific journalism and dissemination of science, the role of pseudosciences in media and communication of risk, hazard and contingencies. The theoretical perspective that focuses its research gathers different disciplines such as sociology, philosophy of science and journalism studies with different branches of experimental sciences.
Currently, the group coordinator is Dr. Sergi Cortiñas Rovira.
Thus, the bond of the GRECC and the OCC is quite close: while the former focuses on strictly academic research, the OCC focuses its research efforts on making this visible to society.
The GRECC is integrated within the Research Unit in Journalism, which coexists with the Journalism Research Group (GRP), established in 2006 at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) which has its headquarters in the Communications Campus-Poblenou. Initially recognized by the Catalan Government as an emerging research group (GRE-2009 SGR 1162), at present it enjoys the consolidated research group recognition (GRC-2014 SGR 872). The Group is composed of professors and graduate students engaged in research in the field of journalism.
The research on risk and crisis communication is directly connected with the activity of the OCC. This collaboration can be liked by the celebration of the Risk and Emergency Communication Symposium.