The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the disconnect that can sometimes exist between science experts, science skeptics and the public. Although surveys show that a majority of the U.S. population trusts science and supports science-driven policies, some topics are associated with lower public trust. To bridge the divide, scientists should engage more with the public and follow the principles of effective science communication.
At this Civic Scientist lecture, Alan Leshner, CEO emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, discussed trust in science and how to communicate scientific knowledge despite its continually evolving nature.
This event was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program with generous support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. Additional support was provided by Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences and grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854). Follow @stpolicy on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerScience.
Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University
Alan Leshner, Ph.D.
CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science