IGN 3-8 - The moral and political imperatives to bridge the science-society paradox

Monday, August 7, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Jane Lubchenco, Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Science is more relevant to citizens today than ever before, yet the gap between science and society is widening. The emergence of a ‘post-truth’ world [‘objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’ (Oxford English Dictionary)] is a recent manifestation. This gap threatens the health and well-being of citizens and the future ability of scientists to produce new knowledge to serve society. I will elaborate on points in my editorial ‘Environmental science in a post-truth world’ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.1454/full to suggest ways in which scientists might respond to our current challenges.