Workshop Summaries

The Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences (PILS) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was a multidisciplinary forum that met between 2013 to 2015. The PILS Roundtable is no longer active, but many of the discussions initiated during its workshops have continued through other venues within and outside of the NASEM.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 updated.

Workshop summaries from the past meetings are listed below.

Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary (2015)
A summary of ta 2-day workshop convened in May 2015 that explored empirical evidence on public opinion and attitudes toward life sciences as they relate to societal issues, whether and how contentious debate about select life science topics mediates trust, and the roles that scientists, business, media, community groups, and other stakeholders play in creating and maintaining public confidence in life sciences. Does the Public Trust Science? Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society highlights research on the elements of trust and how to build, mend, or maintain trust; and examine best practices in the context of scientist engagement with lay audiences around social issues.

Public Engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms: When Science and Citizens Connect A Workshop Summary (2015)

A summary of a 2-day workshop convened in January 2015 that explored perspectives on scientific engagement in a world where science is interpreted through a variety of lenses, including cultural values and political dispositions. The workshop also explored strategies based on evidence in social science to improve public conversation about controversial topics in science. Although the workshop focused on issues related to public interfaces with the life science that apply to many science policy debates, the discussions are particularly relevant for anyone involved with the GMO debate. 


PILS_sustainable_webSustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication: Workshop Summary (2014)
A summary of a two-part workshop convened in December 2013 and January 2014 by the National Research Council Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences to identify infrastructure-related barriers that inhibit or prohibit life scientists from communicating about their work and characteristics of infrastructure that facilitate or encourage scientists to engage with public audiences.