[ASC-list] anyone going? Science of Sci Comm II (US, Sep 2013)

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 06:51:01 UTC 2013

Hello ASCers
Is anyone running a session or attending the Science of Science
Communication II?

The Science of Science Communication II
September 23-25, 2013, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

*Overview:  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. The continuing challenges
facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public
when it comes to exchanging information about science content has resulted
in a growing area of research—the science of science communication.
 Investigators in this field are delving into 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 charged, politicized environment.*
*The National Academy of Sciences is hosting its second Sackler colloquium
on this topic to continue the dialogue about science communication.
Building on last year's dynamic and information-packed program, this year's
event will present an update on the state of research on science
communication and its implications for all those striving to engage and
interact with broad publics.*

FYI I found in my old emails the below message about the last one in 2012.


Claire Harris

Co-Vice President, Australian Science Communicators

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew C. Nisbet <nisbetmc at gmail.com>
Date: 22 August 2012 22:48
Subject: [PCST] 5 Myths about Science, the Media, and the Public
To: pcst at mailmanlist.net

Dear PCST colleagues,

In May, more than 500 researchers, journalists, and policy professionals
gathered at the National Academies in Washington, DC, for a 2-day forum on
the “Science of Science Communication.”  Many of the presentations by
researchers addressed intuitive but persistent myths about science, the
media, and the public.

In an opinion article at *The Scientist* magazine, Dietram Scheufele and I
highlighted five common misconceptions that relate closely to our own work
and that are familiar to PCST members.  They include:

   1. Americans no longer trust scientists.
   2. Science journalism is dead.
   3. Entertainment media promote a culture of anti-science.
   4. The problem is the public, not scientists or policy-makers.
   5. Political views don’t influence the judgments of scientists.

You can read the article at the link below:


YouTube videos of more than a dozen of the 22-minute presentations are
available at this second link including talks by PSCT members Dominique
Brossard, Hans Peters Peters, and Dietram Scheufele (who co-organized the


At the Climate Shift Project site, I posted the YouTube clip of the
presentation I gave on the role of the media in science policy debates
along with the slides and a reading list of relevant studies, many linked
to where they are freely available online:


matthew c. nisbet, ph.d
associate professor | school of communication | american university
4400 mass ave nw dc 20016 | c: 202.316.5814 | o: 202.885.2104

on sabbatical fall 2012 | shorenstein fellow in press, politics, and public
kennedy school of government  | harvard university | 79 jfk street |
ma 02138
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