Registration Now Open for 2013 Sackler Colloquium: The Science of Science Communication

Climate change… evolution…the obesity crisis…nanotechnology: These are but a few of the scientific topics dominating the world stage today. Yet discourse surrounding these and other science-based issues is often overwhelmed by controversy and conflicting perceptions, hampering understanding and action.
On September 23-25, 2013, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will host the Arthur M. Sackler colloquium on “The Science of Science Communication” to advance a national dialogue about the continuing challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public as they seek to exchange information about science. Interested parties can register here to attend.
Presentations will explore such issues as the role of social networks in how information is disseminated and received; the formation of beliefs and attitudes leading to decisions and behaviors; and strategies for communicating science in a highly-charged, politicized environment. University of Pennsylvania Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson will deliver a keynote address entitled “Responding to the Attack on the Best Available Evidence.”