Science & Society Workshops

Science Society

Science & Society: Myths, Mayhem and 
Strategic Misunderstandings 
A program series for NCABR Members & Donors


Advances in technology and online information sharing have led to increased public access to scientific information – both credible and not – and to the proliferation of highly sophisticated efforts to deliberately misinform the public about many of the most timely and important issues at the intersection of science and society – issues such as animal research, vaccine safety, genetically modified organisms and climate change.

Members and supporters of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research are invited to participate in the Science & Society: Myths, Mayhem and Strategic Misunderstandings workshop series, which will make regional stops in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, the Triangle and Greenville throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.

At each Science & Society workshop, NCABR President Suzanne Wilkison and Roger Conner, a member of the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science, will discuss current public attitudes towards – and knowledge of – science as a way of framing best practices for communicating about bioscience research to nonscientists.


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Who May Attend:
  • Employees of NCABR member organizations and all NCABR Individual Members and Donors (actively employed and retirees) may participate.


    Current NCABR Individual Members and Donors are those who provide financial support between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Why Attend:
  • The goal of the Science & Society workshop series is to mobilize the largest and strongest collective voice possible in North Carolina to defend science and to share science with nonscientists in a way that fosters transparency and public faith in the research process.

    Attendees will:

    • gain a clearer understanding of agnotology, (the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data);


    • leave the presentation better prepared to share science with nonscientists; and


    • be better prepared to help nonscientists navigate an online environment where sound scientific facts can be indistinguishable from fiction to the untrained eye.

When & Where:
  • Science & Society workshops will be offered in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, the Triangle and in Greenville throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.


    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    November 30, 2017
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


    East Carolina University
    March 6, 2018
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    April 4, 2018
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    April 12, 2018
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


    Duke University
    April 25, 2018
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Support NCABR:
  • To ensure NCABR’s programs remain strong in the coming year, we need your help. To make a donation or to join NCABR as an Individual Member, please visit (While the process has moved online, you still have the option to pay by check. Please see additional instructions at the link above.) Every dollar will be put to good use.