Advancing the Science and Practice of Science Communication: Misinformation About Science in the Public Sphere

Organized by: May Berenbaum, Dietram Scheufele, William K. Hallman, Andrew Hoffman, Liz Neeley and Czerne M. Reid

Overview

Misinformation about science in the public sphere is of great concern to scientists and to those who seek to communicate and support use of science in public debate and decision-making. Participants in the proposed colloquium will examine the growing body of research on the factors that make people more or less likely to accept incorrect information promulgated in the complex science communication environments of news media, social media, and other channels.  Lessons will also be gathered from a wide range of professions and fields to gain insight into the practices and infrastructure that may reduce the spread and impact of misinformation about science. Throughout the program, and in small groups on the second day, participants will contemplate the ways that science communicators, individual researchers, the scientific community, and other organizations may work together to apply the research and test practices for addressing misinformation about science.

This Colloquium is designed for:

  • individuals and organizations engaged in the communication of science from a variety of vantage points and settings such as universities, think tanks, philanthropy, for-profit research organizations, scientific societies/professional associations, journalism, social/digital media platforms, informal science education, health professions, non-profit organizations and government agencies
  • researchers in diverse disciplines that study science communication and related processes
  • providers of science communication education and training in higher education and other settings.

The event will be video recorded for YouTube and papers based on the proceedings including research syntheses will be submitted for publication in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Videos and a summary of the proceedings will be disseminated broadly through National Academies’ and participant networks to reach those in diverse settings who communicate and study how best to communicate science.

Details

  • When

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Thursday, April 4, 2019
    7:15 AM - 4:30 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Beckman Center
    100 Academy
    Irvine, California 92617
    USA

Registration Fee

Registration fee is $300 and includes all meals on the agenda and transportation between hotel and conference center.

Cancellation policy:  100% refund if cancelled by 3/7/19;  50% refund if cancelled by 3/21/19

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