Trust and credibility are two critical heuristics that the public uses to interpret, evaluate and make decisions about complex, uncertain and controversial scientific information (Brossard and Nisbet, 2007; Pornpitakpan, 2004). Previous scholars have defined credibility as a multi-item construct that emerges from some combination of the audience’s perceptions of the source’s “trustworthiness” (character, honesty, believability) (McCroskey & Teven, 1999), “expertise” (qualifications, intelligence, authority, knowledge), and “goodwill” (caring, responsiveness, concern, empathy) (Teven, 2008). Though previous studies have described the importance of trust and credibility across several contexts, knowledge about these topics is widely dispersed across multiple fields, each with different definitions, measures and theoretical frameworks (National Academies of Sciences, 2016).
Submission deadline: **January 29, 2018**
In January 2014, the editor of the leading journal Public Understanding of Science acknowledged that his publication has transitioned from the focus suggested by its name to a new focus on public engagement. Still, he wrote: “the meaning of this transition is not unambiguous.” The purpose of this conference is to explore these ambiguities, in a supportive, yet critical examination of the processes, outcomes and impacts of public participation in decision-making in natural resources, planning and health contexts.
Normative Aspects of Science Communication Fourth Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication Normative Aspects of Science Communication 5-7 June, 2014; Ames, IA Registration is now closed; if you are interested in attending, contact Jean Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click here for Accommodations, Travel & Local Interest Click here for Instructions for Proceedings (deadline: Monday, 26 May) Click … Continue reading 2014 Summer Symposium
Ethical Issues in Science Communication: A Theory-Based Approach May 30 – June 1, 2013 | Ames, IA Buy the Proceedings at Amazon As science continues to become implicated in personal and collective decision-making, the stakes for communicating science to non-expert audiences intensify. In such an environment, a clear articulation of ethical issues arising from science … Continue reading 2013 Summer Symposium
Between Scientists & Citizens: Assessing Expertise In Policy Controversies June 1-2, 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, IA Co-sponsored by the Great Plains Society for the Study of Argumentation and the Science Communication @ISU Project. Go to the conference website Keynote speakers: Sally Jackson, Speech Communication, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Massimo Pigliucci, Philosophy, Lehman College, CUNY … Continue reading 2012 Summer Symposium
The Ethical Challenges of Communicating Science within Political Controversies May 13 -14, 2011 How should scientists communicate when called to speak in the midst of a political controversy? Political decisions involving climate change, evolution and vaccines are only a few timely examples of personal and collective decisions being based on less and less science. … Continue reading 2011 Summer Symposium