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National Academy of Sciences. 2018. The Science of Science Communication III: Inspiring Novel Collaborations and Building Capacity: Proceedings of a Colloquium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press

Successful scientists must be effective communicators within their professions. Without those skills, they could not write papers and funding proposals, give talks and field questions, or teach classes and mentor students. However, communicating with audiences outside their profession - people who may not share scientists' interests, technical background, cultural assumptions, and modes of expression - presents different challenges and requires additional skills. Communication about science in political or social settings differs from discourse within a scientific discipline. Not only are scientists just one of many stakeholders vying for access to the public agenda, but the political debates surrounding science and its applications may sometimes confront scientists with unfamiliar and uncomfortable discussions involving religious values, partisan interests, and even the trustworthiness of science.

The Science of Science Communication III: Inspiring Novel Collaborations and Building Capacity summarizes the presentations and discussions from a Sackler Colloquium convened in November 2017. This event used Communicating Science Effectively as a framework for examining how one might apply its lessons to research and practice. It considered opportunities for creating and applying the science along with the barriers to doing so, such as the incentive systems in academic institutions and the perils of communicating science in polarized environments. Special attention was given to the organization and infrastructure necessary for building capacity in science communication.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

1 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE EFFECTIVELY: A RESEARCH AGENDA

  • Building the Capacity for Research on Science Communication
  • Communicating Uncertainty

2 A LIFE AT THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

  • Distinguishing Between Science and Pseudoscience
  • Truth Seeking Through Dialogue

3 SCIENCE COMMUNICATION IN A POLITICALLY CHARGED ENVIRONMENT

  • Political Polarization and Science Communication
  • Communicating About Immigration
  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Countering Vaccine Hesitancy
  • When Does Science Misinformation Matter?
  • The Influence of Science, Health, and Cultural Literacy

4 CREATING A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

  • Managing Conflicts in Science Communication
  • Bridging Boundaries in Science Communication
  • Collaborative Science Communication Research

5 INCENTIVES IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

  • Factors That Influence Faculty Behavior
  • Ambassadors for Science and Engineering
  • Revising Tenure Guidelines
  • Melding Art with Research
  • The Science Behind the News: Human Gene Editing

6 COMMUNICATING WITH POLICY MAKERS

  • Congratulations and Cautions

7 THREATS TO SCIENCE’S REPUTATION

  • The “Science Is Broken” Narrative
  • Enhancing Trust in Science
  • Addressing Detrimental Practices in Science
  • Promoting Transparency and Openness
  • The Science Behind the News: Driverless Cars

8 EVALUATING SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

  • Influence on Twitter
  • Scientists on Twitter
  • Communicating Big Ideas in the Social Sciences

9 COMMUNICATING UNCERTAINTY

  • Predictions Without Measures of Uncertainty
  • The Risks of Ignoring Uncertainty
  • The Science Behind the News: Gene Drive

10 THE ROLE OF PHILANTHROPY IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

  • Promoting Science Communication Among Scientists
  • Science Communication for Philanthropists

11 REFLECTIONS ON THE COLLOQUIUM

  • Stories, Rewards, and Relationships
  • The Power of Stories

REFERENCES

APPENDIXES

  • A Agenda
  • B Speakers

 

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