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Science Denial: Lessons and Solutions

Friday, November 2, 2018

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

Rutgers Global Health Institute

The New York Academy of Sciences

 

The outright repudiation of scientific facts is a longstanding, global phenomenon, and the negative consequences are vast for science, public health, global conservation, and beyond.

There is no single way to categorize those who deny science, complicating efforts to overcome science denial. It arises in all strata of education and political ideology, with diverse motivations. Importantly, it is frequently not a dismissal of all science (e.g., someone might accept climate change, but reject vaccines). Having increased scientific knowledge is only marginally protective against science denial, and at times can lead to increased polarization.

In response to this complex and pressing global challenge, this event will gather the world's leading communications, political science, psychology, and behavior researchers with historians, public health officials, and science outreach experts for a 1-day symposium to delve into the history and cultural motivations of, challenges presented by, and future solutions to science denial.

Livestream

The panel discussions and keynote lecture for this event will be available via Livestream, watch them here.

Registration

Member
By 10/03/2018
$90
After 10/03/2018
$110
Onsite
$130
Nonmember Academia, Faculty, etc.
By 10/03/2018
$110
After 10/03/2018
$135
Onsite
$155
Nonmember Corporate, Other
By 10/03/2018
$140
After 10/03/2018
$170
Onsite
$195
Nonmember Not for Profit
By 10/03/2018
$110
After 10/03/2018
$135
Onsite
$155
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
By 10/03/2018
$60
After 10/03/2018
$75
Onsite
$95
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow
By 10/03/2018
$40
After 10/03/2018
$50
Onsite
$65

Event Sponsors





Friday

November 02, 2018

8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Session I: The History of Science Denial and its Consequences for Global Health

9:15 AM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Moderator: Sheldon Krimsky, PhD
Tufts University
Arthur Caplan, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
Elena Conis, PhD
University of California, Berkeley
David Rosner, PhD, MPH
Columbia University
David Scheer, MS
Scheer & Company, Inc.
Nancy Tomes, PhD
Stony Brook University
10:15 AM

Audience Q&A

10:30 AM

Networking Coffee Break

Session II: Understanding the Spread of Science Denial

11:00 AM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Moderator: Timothy Caulfield, LLB, LLM
University of Alberta
Cornelia Betsch, PhD
Universität Erfurt
Michael Dahlstrom, PhD
Iowa State University
Kelly M. Greenhill, PhD
Tufts University; Harvard University
Miriam Metzger, PhD
University of California, Santa Barbara
Matthew Nisbet, PhD
Northeastern University
12:00 PM

Audience Q&A

12:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:30 PM

Keynote Lecture: Denial or Distrust? On Not Solving the Wrong Problem

Speaker

Sheila Jasanoff, PhD, JD
Harvard Kennedy School

“Science denial” is a flat term for a complex reality. It implies that science is a single thing, a storehouse of truths that no one should deny. When denial persists, the recommended solution is better communication, so people will hear and understand the facts that scientists have discovered. Yet, scientific controversies tell a more complicated story. Skepticism toward particular scientific facts rarely corresponds to a wholesale rejection of science. Nor is ignorance necessarily the cause of rejection. Instead, refusal to accept a scientific consensus may reflect doubts about scientists’ motivations, their ways of working, or the purposes and benefits of their research. To realign public beliefs with established facts, we need more than an insistence on the facts themselves. We need to rebuild trust in science — a difficult task in a time of political polarization and loss of confidence in experts and institutions. Answers may lie in recognizing that science, like democracy, involves reason and engagement, not merely a search for truth and facts.

Session III: Overcoming Science Denial: Studying the Successes and Failures

2:10 PM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Moderator: Richard G. Marlink¸ MD
Rutgers Global Health Institute
Allan M. Brandt¸ PhD
Harvard University
Hoosen Coovadia, MD
University of KwaZulu-Natal; University of the Witwatersrand
Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH
University of Colorado, Denver
Cathy Techtmann, MS
University of Wisconsin-Extension
3:10 PM

Audience Q&A

3:25 PM

Networking Coffee Break

Session IV: Elevating Science in Public Policy and Public Discourse

3:55 PM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Moderator: Tiffany Lohwater
AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dominique Brossard, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Morgridge Institute for Research
Tamar Haspel
The Washington Post
Liz Neeley, MA
The Story Collider
Jerry Taylor
Niskanen Center
4:55 PM

Audience Q&A

5:10 PM

Closing Remarks

5:20 PM

Networking Reception

To view full attendee list, you must first register for the event, then log in to the Academy website. This list is provided for the personal, noncommercial and informational use only of event attendees, in a manner that is consistent with the New York Academy of Sciences’ mission, goals and activities.
  • Adelphi University

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

  • American Association  for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • BAM Consulting LLC

  • BASF Corporation*

  • Big Picture Science

  • Bloomberg

  • Bloomberg L.P.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

  • City of New York

  • Columbia University

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

  • Diederich Law Office

  • Elsevier Inc.

  • Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

  • First Encounter Productions

  • Harvard Kennedy School

  • Harvard University

  • Iowa State University

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical C

  • New York University

  • Niskanen Center

  • Northeastern University

  • NYC Dept of Health

  • NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

  • NYU School of Medicine

  • Rutgers Global Health Institute

  • Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Sanofi

  • Scheer & Co.

  • Science Editor, Ars Technica

  • Science Writers in New York

  • Stony Brook University

  • The Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • The Atlantic

  • The City University of New York (CUNY)

  • The New York Academy of Sciences

  • The New York Academy of Sciences NYAS

  • The Rockefeller University

  • The Story Collider

  • The University of California, Berkeley

  • The Washington Post

  • Tufts University

  • Tufts University; Harvard University

  • University at Buffalo

  • University of Alberta

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

  • University of Colorado Denver

  • University of Erfurt

  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

  • University of Wisconsin - Extension

  • University of Wisconsin Madison

  • Wiley

  • William Paterson University

  • WYNC

  • WYNC Radiolab

  • Yale University