Trust in Science Breakout Session Readings


The breakout discussions are an opportunity for participants to take what they have learned from the workshop and apply it to selected topics. If you have the opportunity, please read the selected background readings in advance of the workshop. Please note that remote participation is not available for the breakout discussions, however the session report-outs will be webcast.

The goal for each breakout group is to come up with the three most effective things that the scientific community can do to foster trust in your breakout topic (please note that this goal is not about messaging).

Some questions to start your thinking:

1.  On a scale of 1-10 (one being enjoys poor public trust and 10 being enjoys high public trust), where do you think synthetic biology, childhood vaccination, or breast cancer screening fall?

2.  What components of trust do you think are particularly critical in public engagement in order to cultivate, maintain, or restore trust (whichever is most applicable) in synthetic biology, childhood vaccination, and breast cancer screening?

Selected Background Readings

To view all background readings please click here.

Breakout Group A: Synthetic Biology

Markoff J. 2014 (May 8) “A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience.”           The New York Times.

Pauwels. E. 2013.  Public Understanding of Synthetic Biology. BioScience 63(2): 29-89

Retzbach A. and M. Maier. 2015.  Community Scientific Uncertainty: Media Effects on Public Engagement with Science. Communication Research. pp 1-28

Breakout Group B: Childhood Vaccines

Kahan DM. 2013. A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines. Science Vol. 342: 53-53

Kahan DM. 2013. “Empirically Informed Vaccine Risk Communication” Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School.

Breakout Group C: Breast Cancer Screening

NPR (Radio Broadcast) “Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendations On Mammograms.” All Things Considered. 20 April 2015.

Woloshin, S. and L. M. Schwartz. 2012. How a charity oversells mammography. BMJ 345: e513

Woloshin et al. 2012. Cancer Screening Campaigns – Getting Past Uninformative Persuasion. New England Journal of Medicine 367:1677-1679 07