RISK BITES: Why should scientists listen to people who aren’t scientists?

by Ishani Hewage on May 20, 2013

Risk Bites is back for another week!

In this week’s episode Andrew Maynard talks about the challenges and importance of scientists listening to members of the public as they plan and conduct their research.

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Listening to people who aren’t experts can be difficult – especially when they don’t know what you know. But when science and technology affect people’s lives – and their perceptions affect how science is and isn’t used – listening to them could be important.  Andrew makes the point that scientists need to be socially aware if their work is to have a positive impact in society.

This video was filmed to kick of a session on public engagement at the First Annual Conference on Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, held on May 20 – 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Risk Science Center.

Check out the video and let us know what you think. Remember subscribe to Risk Bites channel to receive informative bite-size videos every Tuesday.

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