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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: About the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21798.
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Appendix D
About the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences

The Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences (PILS) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is a forum that seeks to monitor and improve understanding of the intersections between different life science communities and public audiences on topics that spark public concerns, generate policy debates, or influence market dynamics. The overarching vision of the PILS Roundtable is for life scientists to understand the dynamics of public interfaces, and have access to the knowledge and tools needed to develop proactive, collaborative, science based approaches to public engagement about emerging topics in the life sciences.

The PILS Roundtable is an active and engaged network that brings together Research life scientists, social scientists studying science communication, and professional science communicators. It provides leadership to the life science community through activities that raise awareness among life scientists about the importance of public interfaces; encourage networks among life scientists, communication scientists, informal education experts, and science communicators; and facilitate the development of partnerships and other initiatives among PILS members and their institutions to improve public interfaces for current and emerging life sciences issues.

The PILS Roundtable is led by the Academies Division on Earth and Life Studies in partnership with the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: About the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21798.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: About the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21798.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: About the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society: Does the Public Trust Science? A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21798.
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Does the public trust science? Scientists? Scientific organizations? What roles do trust and the lack of trust play in public debates about how science can be used to address such societal concerns as childhood vaccination, cancer screening, and a warming planet? What could happen if social trust in science or scientists faded? These types of questions led the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a 2-day workshop on May 5-6, 2015 on public trust in science.

This report explores empirical evidence on public opinion and attitudes toward life sciences as they relate to societal issues, whether and how contentious debate about select life science topics mediates trust, and the roles that scientists, business, media, community groups, and other stakeholders play in creating and maintaining public confidence in life sciences. Does the Public Trust Science? Trust and Confidence at the Interfaces of the Life Sciences and Society highlights research on the elements of trust and how to build, mend, or maintain trust; and examine best practices in the context of scientist engagement with lay audiences around social issues.

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