Panel 5: Communicating Synthesis Science

Panel 5- Communicating synthesis science

Moderator: Nancy Baron
Panelists: Jai Ranganathan, John Rennie, Erik Stokstad, Michael Todd

6 thoughts on “Panel 5: Communicating Synthesis Science

  1. Hi Everyone,
    I am looking forward to our panel tomorrow. Our speaker order will be Erik, Michael, Jai and John. I have invited our journalists/communicators to share a link or any materials that tell you a little more about what they are up to — which you will also hear more about tomorrow.

    Here is a link that tells you a bit about COMPASS

    and my book: Escape from the Ivory Tower

    Looking forward to this.

  2. Jai Ranganathan here. I am a conservation biologist and former postdoc at NCEAS. I am one of the people behind the SciFund Challenge,an effort to fund research directly from the public. The point of the whole thing really is about science outreach and engagement. You can learn more at

  3. It’s a pleasure to be part of all this with you.

    I’m a science writer and former editor in chief of Scientific American; these days I also write a blog, “The Gleaming Retort,” for PLoS Blogs and the “Savvy Scientist” column for My interests are diverse but certainly many ecological and environmental topics are highly placed among them. If you’re curious about my background, you can learn more at

    I’ll also cite this one recent piece that I wrote that may touch on some of the themes that will most likely come out in our panel discussion:;content

    • John,
      I was interested in your comments about the readers of Scientific American and your point that there are a number of people who are interested in science who might not accept or agree with the findings of scientists. What can we do to be more effective reaching a wider range of people? Those that do NOT read the New York Times, and do NOT listen to NPR? It seems that scientist say we want to reach the public but we really mean reach the public who are most like us. And, how can we be more effective in presenting our work on the wide range of topics that are socially constructed and viewed as truth by scientist but as open to debate by the public?

  4. What about open-sourcing not just the communication of the science but the science directly?

    How do we open-source synthesis using social networking apps, collaboration and web page? For money? A small user , subscription fee to access all the data, tools, and networking capabilities of NCEAS 2.0.

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