In Science We Trust

The Role of Science in a Democracy

Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than in leaders of any group except the military, according to National Science Foundation polls. However, the relationship between citizens and science is often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust, especially on topics like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated? Why do we mistrust a field for which we profess respect? Science writer Gail Wells asks participants to consider the role of science in guiding policy and how citizens can use science to make better decisions together.



Gail Wells | Corvallis

Gail Wells was born in Oregon and has lived here for most of her life. She has written about all kinds of things, but mainly scientific and historical topics, for more than thirty years. Midway through her career she completed a graduate degree in scientific and technical communication at Oregon State University, and now makes her living as a science communicator.

Program Themes

Civic Life , Democracy , Public Policy , Science

Equipment Needs

digital projector , microphone , screen