Science, Communication and Uncertainty: Afternoon Workshop

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:45pm

Event Location: 

  • UCen State Street Room

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Ronald E. Rice, Arthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, 805-893-8696,

Science, Communication and Uncertainty: Afternoon Workshop

UCen State Street Room, UC Santa Barbara Campus
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
2:00 – 4:45 pm


This workshop for UC Santa Barbara faculty and graduate students is co-sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication. For full details, see


The workshop will be interdisciplinary, with invited participants from the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Short presentations and longer discussions will identify implications of the concept of uncertainty for communicating science to the public, understanding the public’s attitudes toward science, teaching science, and influencing policy. Presentations may include the scientific and common meanings and implications of uncertainty; uncertainty reduction in interpersonal communication; the portrayal of science and uncertainty in news stories and visuals; how the public processes error and uncertainty about science; uncertainty in scientific research; and related topics. We encourage examples related to sustainability and the environment, but that is not required. Discussions will generate a small number of substantive foci and questions for future research and public policy, and for posing to Ira Flatow, the NPR science communicator, after his presentation on Science, Communication, and Uncertainty at Campbell Hall at 7:30 that evening. Any UC Santa Barbara faculty member or graduate student may attend, but please register here: Science, Communication and Uncertainty Workshop Registration 2017.  If you also wish to be a presenter, please enter a 300-word abstract on the registration page. Full papers are not required, and there will be no proceedings, but participants will be expected to make a short presentation and engage in the discussions. The Workshop will provide presenters a buffet dinner from 5:00 to 6:45.  All participants are encouraged to also attend the evening presentation.