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The Science of Science Communication III

  • Fred Kavli Auditorium 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC USA (map)

Climate intervention…fracking… vaccines…human genome editing…artificial intelligence… with so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication. The National Academy of Sciences is hosting its third Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on this topic to advance a national dialogue.
Evolving from past colloquia, this Colloquium will focus on the consensus study report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. The Colloquium will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and ensuring its appropriate use. Additionally, this third Colloquium will tackle the tough and often overlooked organizational and infrastructure changes needed to make research-based communication the norm.
Sessions include:

  • The Mistrust of Science - Keynote by Atul Gawande
  • Future Directions in the Sciences of Science Communication
  • A View from Philanthropy on the Future of Science Communication
  • Incentives for Scientists and Engineers to Communicate About Their Research
  • Focus on a Communication Challenge: Threats to Science’s Reputation
  • The Role of Scientists and the Media in Communicating Uncertainty
  • Creating a Collaborative Community for the Sciences of Science Communication
  • Marshalling the Troops: How Can Traditional Disciplines Help Build the Scale of Research in Science Communication?
  • Rethinking Evaluation: Using Networks, Big Data, and Social Media to Measure Dissemination and Impact
  • Science in the News: Human Genome Editing, AI and Driverless Cars, and Gene Drive

The National Academy of Sciences' Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III is the premier gathering for researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to come together to ensure that evidence-based science communication thrives.

Support for the Colloquium is provided by The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Rita Allen Foundation, Science Sandbox – a Simons Foundation initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Kavli Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Penn State Science Communication Program.