Sustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication: A Workshop

View the content from the first workshop of the Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences:

 

What institutional barriers are keeping life scientists from communicating to the public about their work?

E003000While issues in the life sciences find increasing relevance in public dialogue — environmental change, health and medicine, food security, among others — there appears to be little in the way of institutional or societal commitment and infrastructure to support the communications activities of life scientists. At the same time, some organizations are exploring new or alternate models for supporting life scientists as they interact with various publics.

Leaders from the life sciences community and from research organizations explored the current landscape of public communication of the life sciences.  The workshop addressed many challenges life scientists face, policy restrictions in government, incentives and adequate support structures at the university level, and intellectual property issues in industry. Participants also highlighted  new opportunities and models of communications. The workshop concluded with discussions about the funding landscape for life scientist communicators and the building blocks needed to develop sustainable infrastructures for life science communication.

OrganizersKenneth Ramos, University of Louisville (co-chair); Brooke Smith, COMPASS (co-chair); May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Rick Borchelt, US Department of Energy; Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University; Stephen Palacios, Added Value Cheskin