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The Science of Science Communication III (SSCIII)
Inspiring Novel Collaborations and Building Capacity

National Academy of Sciences; Washington, DC
November 16-17, 2017

Organized by Karen Cook, Stanford University; Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon University; Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Emeritus); and Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin–Madison


The National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication began in 2012 with an effort to survey the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, and medicine. The second colloquium highlighted the particular challenges with communicating about science that involves controversy, and was an important impetus for the consensus study report Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. Evolving from past colloquia, this third colloquium will focus on the consensus study as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. It will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and ensuring its appropriate use. Additional support for the Colloquium is provided by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Rita Allen Foundation, Science Sandbox – a Simons Foundation initiative, the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Kavli Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Penn State Science Communication Program.

Agenda - preliminary and subject to change.    

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Partnership Awards

In December 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a new consensus study report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. Now, with support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences is pleased to offer two awards of $37,500 each to bring the report’s vision for robust science communication research closer to fruition. These awards will support the formation and development of partnerships of science communication researchers and practitioners and facilitate their efforts to plan collaborative projects that pursue shared research interests aligned with the report. Those receiving awards will present details about their collaborations at a special session of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III to be held on November 16-17, 2017. To apply for these awards, researchers and practitioners who have agreed to work in partnership should submit a proposal by June 1, 2017. Click here for proposal submission details. For assistance email

If you are applying to the call for proposals and would like to attend the Colloquium whether or not you win, we encourage you to register early since previous Colloquia have sold out.  If you win, we will reimburse your registration fee.






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