Meeting 1

Launch of the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences

The goal of the first meeting of the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences was to identify key topics for which the National Academy of Sciences has a unique position or special capability to address. Panels explored communication challenges in sciences and  the evidence-base for effective science communication. Meeting participants learned about related activities, exchange ideas, and discuss possibilities for collaborations.

Panel 1: Communication Challenges in the Life Sciences

• Public Engagement Strategies, Experiences, and Assessments [slides not available]- May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Expectations for Public Literacy: A Science Perspective [PDF]- Alan Leshner, AAAS
• “Hot button” Issues in the Life Sciences [PDF]- Fred Gould, NC State University

Panel 2: Evidence-Based Science Communication

• Public Interest and Knowledge of Science [PDF]- Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University
• Effective Science Communication: Known and Unknowns[PDF]- Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin, Madison
• Understanding How People Make Decision [PDF]- Dan Kahan, Yale University


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.

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Please visit the National Academies Press website for the most recent NASEM reports and workshop summaries on public engagement and science communication.