Insights from Recent Scientist Surveys

Thursday, 12 February 2015: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 210ABEF (San Jose Convention Center)
Anthony Dudo,University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX
Empirical research assessing scientists as public communicators has grown substantially in recent years. Theory-driven survey research, in particular, has revealed numerous insights about scientists' attitudes and behaviors relative to public engagement. I will briefly share some of these insights, specifically those stemming from recent surveys I have conducted of the AAAS membership and scientists affiliated with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. I will highlight some of the common trends that have emerged from this data—including scientists’ perceived risks and benefits of outreach—and will share a few key considerations about future survey research focused on scientists and public engagement.