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We should broaden our view of science if it’s to help make good public policy

Penny Hawe writes in The Conversation (10.3.16) about the importance of effective science communication to better inform the public, and public policy-makers.

‘Actor and science advocate Alan Alda will address the National Press Club today, talking about the importance of communicating science to the public.

‘Alda is in Australia to launch the new facility at ANU’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Science and to herald that ANU’s world-leading program in science communication will be twinned with the one Alda oversees at Stony Brook University in the US.

‘Alda runs workshops with scientists that create vivid moments of connection between scientist and audience. In these moments the audience thinks like a scientist. And a scientist may see aspects and assumptions in their own work that they have not seen before.’

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