Public Perceptions of Science
Chair: June Shrestha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Public debate continues to intensify for hot-topic environmental issues, such as climate change, despite significant scientific agreement on potential causes and consequences. This mismatch in views is both notable and curious. Why do some people distrust science? How can we overcome these barriers? Who should advocate science?
The goals of this workshop include:
- Understanding the psychology behind public perceptions of science.
- Discussing a scientist’s role in advocacy, and shifting expectations for the future.
- Learning successful techniques to overcome barriers while communicating science.
Who will benefit from attending this workshop:
All attendees of WSN, not only students, are encouraged to attend Thursday night’s workshop, put on by the WSN Student Committee.
Dr. Renee Lertzman
Renee is an internationally recognized thought leader and adviser, and works with organizations, professionals, and practitioners from government, business, philanthropic, and non-governmental sectors to design research tools, engagement practices, and strategies suited for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work.
Renee also is regularly commissioned to teach, present and produce research for a range of institutions, including World Wildlife Fund, the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), National Center for Atmospheric Research, NOAA, Climate Solutions, Sustainable Path Foundation, Columbia University” and numerous other organizations. Dr. Lertzman obtained her MA in Environmental Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD from the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK.
For more information, visit reneelertzman.com