AAAS cordially invites you to
How to Communicate Science to the Public — Or Die Trying
Featuring Paul Offit
October 30, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Light refreshments to follow
Please join us for a public lecture by Paul Offit, pediatrician, author and science advocate on communicating science to the public.
Challenges in science communication abound. These can include public understanding of the science underlying consensus views on specific issues (e.g., vaccine safety, anthropogenic climate change, and biological evolution), how to most effectively engage the public around these concepts, and the use of scientific evidence in decision-making processes that involve a range of stakeholders. Scientists are well positioned to address societal questions about science and technology. However, those who want to participate in science discourse with the press and the public may perceive daunting hurdles. Offit will discuss his approaches and perspectives on best practices for science communication.
Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC. Offit is also the author of eight medical narratives including, his most recent: Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information.