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The Science of Science Communication

Organized by Ralph Cicerone, Baruch Fischhoff, Alan Leshner, Barbara Schaal and Dietram Scheufele


This colloquium was held in Washington, D.C. May 21-22, 2012.  The meeting surveyed the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on research in psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and related fields on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, technology, and medicine with five distinct goals:

  • To improve understanding of relations between the scientific community and the public
  • To assess the scientific basis for effective communication about science
  • To strengthen ties among and between communication scientists
  • To promote greater integration of the disciplines and approaches pertaining to effective communication
  • To foster an institutional commitment to evidence-based communication science

Recording and Publication

The talks were recorded and archives are available online.  

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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