Workshop on Science, Communication and Uncertainty

May 4, 2017  |  2:00pm | UCen State Street Room
Ira Flatow
Host of Science Friday®

You are invited to a Workshop on Science, Communication, and Uncertainty, Thursday, May 4, 2:00 – 4:45pm, in the UCen State Street Room. See
The Workshop will be interdisciplinary, with participants from the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Short presentations and discussions will identify implications of the concept of uncertainty for communicating science to the public, understanding the public’s attitudes toward science, teaching science, and influencing policy.  Presentations may include the scientific and common meanings and implications of uncertainty; uncertainty reduction in interpersonal communication; the portrayal of science and uncertainty in news stories and visuals; how the public processes error and uncertainty about science; uncertainty in scientific research; and related topics.  We encourage examples related to sustainability and the environment, but that is not required.  Discussions will generate a small number of substantive foci and questions for future research and public policy.
Some of those questions will be posed to Ira Flatow, the NPR science communicator, after his presentation on Science, Communication, and Uncertainty at Campbell Hall at 7:30 that evening (see
Anyone may attend the Workshop, but please register at:
If you also wish to be a presenter, please enter a 300-word abstract on the registration page. Full papers are not required, and there will be no proceedings. Presenters will be expected to make a short talk and engage in the discussions. The Workshop will provide presenters a buffet dinner from 5:00 to 6:45.  All participants are also encouraged to attend the Ira Flatow presentation in Campbell Hall.

Thursday May 4, 2017
·         Workshop (2:00 – 4:45 pm)
·         Dinner for presenters (5:00 – 6:45 pm)
·         Presentation by IRA FLATOW, host of Science Friday® (7:30 – 9:00 pm)

The interdisciplinary, cross-campus event is part of a series on Sustainable Science Communication, by the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability (, and the Department of Communication’s biannual Rupe Conference series ( It is co-sponsored by the Bren School for Environmental Science & Management's Strategic Communication & Environmental Media focus (, and the Associated Students Program Board (, and is assisted by Arts & Lectures (

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