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How Scientists Engage the Public New Survey Findings Lee Rainie & Cary Funk – Pew Research Center AAAS Panel February 15, 2015
Our release today 3,748 U.S.-based AAAS scientists Sept. 11 – Oct. 13, 2014 Tied to earlier report: “Public and Scientists Views on Science and Society” With general population survey N=2,002 http://pewrsr.ch/1By5HY0 3/18/2015 http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/02/15/how-scientists-engage-public/ 3
Most scientists support active engagement in public policy debates 3/18/2015 www.pewresearch.org 4
Nearly all scientists talk with the publicLarge numbers use social media and blogs March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 5
March 18, 2015 6 www.pewresearch.org Active engagers 41% of AAAS scientists do 2 or more of these things “often” or “occasionally”: Talk with non-experts Talk with the media Use social media Blog
March 18, 2015 7 www.pewresearch.org Why engage?
Most scientists perceive both interest in and debate over their work March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 8
March 18, 2015 9 www.pewresearch.org Perspectives of AAAS Scientists Today Scientists are less upbeat about the scientific enterprise today “Good time for science” -- figure dropped 24 points since 2009 “Good time for my specialty” – figure dropped 11 points since 2009 Scientists are concerned about funding 83% of AAAS scientists report that obtaining federal research funding is harder today than it was five years ago. There are gaps with the public on a range of science-related issues Scientists perceive a limited impact of the research enterprise on relevant policy regulations 15% of scientists say they believe policy choices about land use are guided by the best science most of the time or always; 27% think the best science frequently guides regulations about clean air and water
Most scientists see lack of public knowledge and media reports as problems for science March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 10
March 18, 2015 11 www.pewresearch.org Perspectives of AAAS Scientists Today - 2 Career encouragements 43% of AAAS scientists say it is important or very important for scientists in their specialty to get coverage of their work in news media, up from 37% who said that in a 2009 survey. 22% described it as either “very important” (4%) or “important” (18%) for career advancement in their discipline to promote their findings on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
Perceptions of public interest and debate vary by discipline March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 12
End – more slides of Pew Research data are included below, but hidden March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 13
Uptick in scientists saying news coverage is important for their career March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 14
More younger scientists see career benefits in social media platforms March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 15
Scientists in fields with more debate are especially likely to say media and social media are important for career March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 16
Scientists in public-facing fields are more likely to engage with the public March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 17
Scientists who see more interest among citizenry are also more likely to engage with the public March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 18
Scientists who talk with the public often are also more likely to engage in other ways March 18, 2015 www.pewresearch.org 19