The Science of Science Communication

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Event Dates: 
May 21, 2012 to May 22, 2012
Washington, DC, United States


The National Academy of Sciences invites you to attend a colloquium on

The Science of Science Communication
May 21–22, 2012
at the newly restored National Academy of Sciences building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Anyone who has followed the public dialogue on such topics as evolution, stem cell research, or climate change knows how daunting effective science communication can be. Discussions over science are often freighted with cultural, political, and moral perspectives, making the task of communicating scientific ideas even more challenging. However, a constellation of social science disciplines---from decision science to mass communication, from psychology to sociology---is converging on a new “science of science communication.”  Research stretches across disciplinary boundaries, university departments, funding agencies, and scholarly journals, is debated in the media and on blogs, and has been the focus of several best-selling books.  
The National Academy of Sciences is hosting an intensive two-day colloquium to survey state-of-the-art research on communication and to consider its implications for governance, policy, and public engagement.  
Highlights include:
  • Presentations by leading scientists summarizing the state of knowledge in their fields.
  • A keynote address by Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, author of the top-selling Thinking, Fast and Slow.
  • A roundtable featuring current and former White House Science Advisers John Holdren, Jack Gibbons, and Neal Lane.
  • Discussions led by Arizona State University president Michael Crow, New York Times journalist David Pogue, and PBS NOVA executive producer Paula Apsell.
The colloquium will provide a unique opportunity for all scientists to improve their understanding of the public and address its information needs, for scientists in contributing disciplines to meet and learn from colleagues in other disciplines, and for communication practitioners to enhance their knowledge of the state of the science.  
View the full agenda and reserve your place at the Sackler Colloquium on our website:
A registration fee of $150 covers the cost of meals during the conference.
Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences
Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Alan I. Leshner, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Barbara A. Schaal, Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, and Vice President, National Academy of Sciences
Dietram A. Scheufele, John E. Ross Chaired Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison