The natural and social sciences are key to dealing with today’s many environmental, health, and social issues. However, many claim that the sciences are not being adequately used to address these issues. Why? Is this a problem of scientific literacy? Who should be responsible for generating, assessing, and communicating scientific information? What degree of scientific literacy is necessary for public participation in democratic governance? How can we encourage a broader notion of literacy that includes other forms of knowledge, e.g., local and indigenous knowledge, amongst both scientific experts and the general public? To address these timely questions, members of this panel will offer their insights drawn from their experience in science journalism, authorship, environmental management, and active public engagement.

About the Panel

  • Chair: Ian Stewart, History of Science and Technology Program, University of King’s College, Halifax 
  • Daniel Cressey, Deputy Editor, Research Fortnight, London
  • Linda Pannozzo, Author and Journalist, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Shelley Denny, Director of Aquatic Research and Stewardship, Unanma’ki Institute of Natural Resources, Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
  • Karen Traversy, Member of the public, Clam Bay, Nova Scotia

This panel is part of a series of public panels running from Oct. 9-11 entitled Science in Public Life.