May 5-6, 2015
National Academy of Sciences
The National Research Council’s Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences hosted a 2-day workshop to explore the nuanced nature of trust in science – what the elements of trust are, and how trust is built, maintained, or lost. Geared for life science researchers and the broader life science community, the workshop featured many scholars and journalists at the forefront of science communication, political science, and ethics. Workshop participants discussed what is meant by “trust in science” and how it relates to public engagement in the life sciences. Speakers examined the constituent components of trust, conditions in which public trust in science is broad, and conditions in which trust in science may be compromised. The workshop included breakout sessions for participants to explore the circumstances that constrain or enhance trust of life sciences issues and develop ideas for building, maintaining, or restoring trust
- Workshop Summary
- Background Readings & Viewings
- Breakout Session Materials
- Participant Biographies
- Presentations (PDF)
- Video Playlist (YouTube)
- Commentary & Conversation: independent perspectives; views do no necessarily reflect those of the workshop participants, the members of the Public Interfaces Roundtable, or the National Academy of Sciences.
- Updates from the Field: Public Trust in Science, Carlin Hsueh and Grace Troxel, Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
- Scientific Organizations Reflect on Building “Trust in Science” Julia Milton, Consortium of Social Science Assocations
- How Science Reporters Choose Their Sources, Kirk Englehardt, The Leap (on Scilogs)
- University Communications & Trust in Science: A Peek Behind the Curtain, Kirk Englehardt, The Leap (on Scilogs)
- Working Toward Trust in Science, Annenberg Public Policy Center
- Does the Public Trust Science?, Storify by Keegan Sawyer
Workshop Organizers: Rick Borchelt, Department of Energy (co-chair); Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison (co-chair), Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University; George Matsumoto, MBARI; Tiffany Lohwater, AAAS; Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University; Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch
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 in independent venues within and outside of the NASEM.
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