When Science and Citizens Connect: Public Engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms

January 15-16, 2015
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC

This 2-day workshop explored what is known about successful models in scientific engagement with the public.  We used the topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as an example to focus the discussion. Geared for life science researchers and also the broader life science community, the workshop featured many speakers at the forefront of the science of science communication.   Speakers provided perspectives on scientific engagement in a world where science is interpreted through a variety of lenses, including values and predisposition, and present  ways that scientists can improve engagement by using the findings of social scientists. The workshop included breakout sessions in which participants examine recent examples of interfaces involving GMOs.

Workshop Organizers: Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Maidson (chair); Joe Arvai, University of Calgary; Sarah Davidson Evanega, Cornell University; Fred Gould, North Carolina State University; Brooke Smith, COMPASS