Demystifying the Public’s Perceptions of Science
Speaker: Renee Lertzman, PhD
Thursday November 16, 2017
7 – 9 pm
All are encouraged to attend! Pre-registration is not required.
Public debate continues to intensify for hot topic environmental issues, such as climate change, despite significant scientific agreement on potential causes and consequences. How can we overcome these barriers?
Led by internationally-recognized engagement strategist and researcher Dr. Renee Lertzman, this workshop will examine why people who may care deeply about the environment may find it hard to engage with scientists and their message. Join us as we explore empathy-centered approaches for connecting with people from a variety of backgrounds (hint: it may have less to do with what we say, than how we listen).
The goals of this workshop include:
- Understanding the psychology behind the public’s perceptions of science.
- Discussing a scientist’s role in advocacy, and shifting expectations for the future.
- Learning empathy-centered approaches to connecting with diverse audiences and overcome communication barriers.
Who will benefit from attending this workshop:
All attendees of WSN, not only students, are encouraged to attend Thursday night’s workshop, organized by the WSN Student Committee.
Speaker: Dr. Renee Lertzman, PhD
Environmental Psychologist and Author, “Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement”
Renee is an applied researcher, speaker, instructor and strategic communications specialist focused on the psychological dimensions of climate and environmental communication. She works with leaders in business, government, NGOs, and academia to develop innovative research, insightful strategies, and transformative learning programs to engage stakeholders in responding to the most profound ecological challenges of our time. Central to this is applying insights from psychosocial research, neurosciences and social sciences to how we can be more effective and impactful in our communications.
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
The Student Mixer will be held from 930pm at Congregation Ale House which is at 300 S Raymond Ave in Pasadena, 0.6 miles or a 12 minute walk from the Hilton Pasadena. They have food and drinks for purchase and a great patio, but space is limited so make sure to head over right after the Student Workshop.