Going Public: Investing in Science Communication for Scientists

A symposium at the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

February 15, 2015

Although spurred by discussions at the workshop Sustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication,  this symposium was an event external to the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences. Views shared at the symposium are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of  the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

This interactive session explored questions about how science communication is funded: Can we define our return on investment for science communication? Do publicly funded scientists have a responsibility to communicate and share their knowledge, and are they appropriately supported, financially, to do so? click here for full description 

Organizers: Russ Campbell, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Keegan Sawyer, National Academy of Sciences; Brooke Smith, COMPASS


  • Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Bruce M. Alberts, University of California, San Francisco
  • Susan Singer, National Science Foundation
  • Rick Borchelt, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • William Provine, DuPont
  • Clare Matterson, Wellcome Trust
  • Kai Lee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Russ Campbell, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Conversation and Commentary

The Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was a multidisciplinary forum that ran from 2013 to 2015. Many of the discussions initiated during its workshops have continued through other venues within and outside of the NASEM.

This website is no longer regularly updatedPlease visit National Academies Press website for the most recent NASEM reports and workshop summaries on public engagement and science communication.