An Instagram Hashtag Fostering Science Education of Vulnerable Groups during the Pandemic

Lídia Puigvert*, Beatriz Villarejo-Carballido, Regina Gairal-Casadó, Aitor Gómez, Paula Cañaveras, Teresa Sordé Martí

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Scientific literature presents young people as a vulnerable group at risk of poverty and social exclusion. One of the elements that have the most significant impact on reducing their vulnerability is promoting education. Little is known about how social networks can promote the education of young people. To address this, the present study aims to analyse how social networks, specifically Instagram, which is one of the most used by young people, has promoted, among other aspects, the scientific education of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study analyses 5000 education-related Instagram posts made during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2021) European research project ALLINTERACT. We have analysed those posts that show, on the one hand, how citizens benefit from scientific research and, on the other hand, citizens’ awareness of the impact of scientific research. Through the analysis of the posts, it has been observed how Instagram has been a social network that has provided information and scientific advances in various branches of knowledge, created knowledge networks, and provided a channel for information about the pandemic. Through the analysis of the 5000 posts, it is evident how Instagram has provided spaces for scientific learning, fostering access to scientific education for young people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1974
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Instagram
  • Pandemic
  • Science education
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Young people
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Social Media
  • Social Networking
  • Humans
  • Adolescent
  • science education
  • pandemic
  • young people
  • vulnerable groups


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