The National Academy of Sciences to Host Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication


Climate intervention. Fracking. Vaccines. Human genome editing. Artificial intelligence.  With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication.  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is hosting its third Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on this topic to advance a national dialogue.

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia address scientific topics of broad and current interest that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Each year, three to four colloquia are scheduled, typically two days in length and international in scope. Each colloquium is organized by a member of the NAS, often with the assistance of an organizing committee, and feature presentations by leading scientists in the field and discussions among one hundred or more researchers with an interest in the topic. Colloquia are held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  One colloquium each year is held at the NAS in Washington, D.C. and includes the Annual Sackler Public Lecture.

Evolving from past colloquia, this colloquium will focus on the consensus study report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. The colloquium will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and ensuring its appropriate use. Additionally, this third colloquium will tackle the tough and often overlooked organizational and infrastructure changes needed to make research-based communication the norm.

The National Academy of Sciences’ Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III is the premier gathering for researchers, practitioners, content experts, and philanthropists to come together to ensure that evidence-based science communication thrives.

View the full agenda and register here.

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Support for the Colloquium is provided by The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Rita Allen Foundation, Science Sandbox – a Simons Foundation initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Kavli Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Penn State Science Communication Program.