The 2020 Institute for Science & Policy Symposium, held on December 1 & 3, centered on the theme of "untangling complexity in our changing world." After a challenging year, what have we learned about the role of trust, biases, inequality, and information in science and society? We'll post video recaps of each main stage panel and keynote address here as they happen. For even more, check out the Symposium 2020 landing page.
George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, welcomes the audience to Symposium 2020 and provides insight on the state of trust in science after a challenging year.
Biases, Uncertainty, Power, and Inequities in Science & Policy
Power and trust are two of the most important elements that shape public policy. And when it comes to how we interact with each other about issues involving science, whom are we listening to and why? Scientific American Senior Editor Jen Schwartz leads this fascinating discussion with Eitan Hersh (Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University) and Nneka Sederstrom (Director, Office of Clinical Ethics, Children's Minnesota).
Lessons on Science, Trust, Human Nature, and Policy
Much as we might believe that we always think and act rationally, human beings make decisions based on many factors: values, biases, trust (or mistrust) in institutions, and the information landscape all play a role. In this panel, Corey Flintoff (retired NPR international correspondent) moderates a discussion with Jandel Allen-Davis (President & CEO of Craig Hospital) and Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University.
Keynote: Human Responses to the Dual Challenges of COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis
How does human decision-making play into our collective response to climate change? To conclude Day One of the 2020 Institute for Science & Policy Symposium, we heard remarks from Dr. Elke U. Weber, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Day Two Welcome Remarks w/ George Sparks and Kristan Uhlenbrock
George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Kristan Uhlenbrock, Director of the Institute for Science & Policy, welcome the audience back to the Symposium and offer their thoughts on themes from Day One as well as their takeaways about the role of trust and values in science.
The Role of Science in Climate & Energy Policy
The complex challenge of addressing climate change requires buy-in from a number of stakeholders, from communities to utilities to corporations to policymakers. Where does science fit in? Carlos E. Fernandez, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, hosted a discussion on the issue with Katherine Hamilton (Chair of 38 North Solutions), Karl Hausker (Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute), and Alice K. Jackson (President of Xcel Energy - Colorado).
How Can We Be Better Communicators About Science When Misinformation Abounds?
Communicating accurate scientific information has never been more important, as evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. But in an age of misinformation, disinformation, and polarization, how can journalists and scientists get their message through? Michael Elizabeth Sakas, Climate and Environment Reporter for Colorado Public Radio News, breaks it down with Lauren Feldman (Associate Professor, Department of Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University), Alan C. Miller (Founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project) and Ivan Penn (Energy Reporter at The New York Times).
Keynote: Bipartisanship and Durable Climate Change Solutions
Partisanship and polarization have contributed to stalling U.S. efforts to counteract climate change. Will the incoming administration be able to work with Congress on consensus solutions? In our closing keynote of Symposium 2020, former U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo, who represented his South Florida district from 2015-2019, chatted with Zahra Hirji, Climate Reporter for BuzzFeed News, about the path forward.
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