Colloquia on Science of Science Communication

November 6, 2013

As the body of scientific information rapidly expands, the need for strategies to accurately disseminate research findings to audiences that need them most becomes increasingly important. In addition, the social and political forces at play can make sorting out details a challenge. In response to these growing complexities, the field of science of science communication has developed.

Hosted by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington in September, The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on The Science of Science Communication II brought together leading scientists to share research on science communication in an interdisciplinary forum. The three day program included panels and workshops, engaging active communication researchers and practitioners in addressing key challenges in science communication. Keynote speaker Kathleen Hall Jamieson (University of Pennsylvania) spoke about “Responding to the Attack on the Best Available Evidence.” 

Videos of the presentations are available online, including one by FABBS President-Elect Susan Fiske (Princeton University) on “Motivated Audiences Beliefs and Attitude Formations,” followed by discussion with Craig Fox (University of California, Los Angeles).

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia “address scientific topics of broad and current interest that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.” Videos and proceedings of past Colloquia are available to the public through the website.