FASEB and NIGMS Workshop on Responsible Communication of Basic Biomedical Research: Enhancing Awareness and Avoiding Hype

June 08, 2017

Because research findings and scientific concepts inform public policy and individual lifestyle choices, they must be communicated clearly and accurately. To promote a constructive dialogue on the responsible communication of basic biomedical research, FASEB will hold a roundtable workshop on June 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that brings together scientists, science communicators and other stakeholders.

During a series of discussions, panelists will explore the effects of misrepresented or overstated (“hyped”) results on the biomedical research landscape as well as on public perception of science, the goals and pressures shaping the dissemination of research findings, and opportunities to improve communication practices.
Erika Check Hayden, a veteran science journalist and director of the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will give key the keynote presentation. Panelists include:

  • Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California, San Francisco
  • Joseph Cappella, Ph.D., Gerald R. Miller Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Angela DePace, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Anthony Dudo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, University of Texas at Austin
  • Kirk Englehardt, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Community Foundation of Broward
  • Erik Fatemi, Senior Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Richard Harris, Correspondent, Science Desk, National Public Radio
  • Jocelyn Kaiser, Staff Writer, Science
  • Lee Ligon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Regina Nuzzo, Ph.D., Professor, Science, Technology & Math/Mathematics, Gallaudet University
  • Ivan Oransky, M.D., Distinguished Writer In Residence, New York University's Arthur Carter Journalism Institute; Co-Founder of Retraction Watch
  • Sara Reardon, Reporter, Nature
  • Matt Shipman, Research Communications Lead, University Relations, North Carolina State University
  • Fintan Steele, Ph.D., Chief, Corporate Communications & Culture, SomaLogic

The workshop, which NIGMS is hosting, will be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Members of the public are encouraged to watch the videocast live or later on the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting site. For more details, see the workshop agenda.

Closed captioning of the videocast will be provided. If you require reasonable accommodations in order to attend or participate in the event, please contact 301–496–7301 or info@nigms.nih.gov.

Categories: Science Policy & Advocacy; Research Reproducibility;