OK, this is a tall order. Given the shortage of funding in Canada, I spend a most of my time applying for grants to do my work. In the process, our members volunteer their time toward a series of programs committed to increasing public awareness of, and engagement with, Canadian science and technology — particularly among youth.
Consider becoming a member today! It also includes reaching out to disease based societies and to the general public.
As well laid out by the President of the CWSA, Tim Lougheed, in an email to the CWSA membership, there is concern that some individuals, such as a public information officers PIOare not bound to the same high standards of academic journalism and so may mislead people with inappropriately positive press releases.
Two active boys. If we put these communicators in the same room through chapter meetings, the annual conference, emails etc, and truly get to know the goals and limitations that each group has, then the results will certainly be better communication.
Today, we are a national association that welcomes media professionals, communications officers in science and technology-related institutions, technical writers and educators — all of whom are involved in communicating science and technology to non-specialist audiences.
Things are changing. We need to work together and to learn from each other.
We, as scientists, need to let people know what has been discovered and, equally importantly, what remains to be discovered. But I disagree with introducing protectionism.
All of us need to find a way to guide the general public to accurate and unbiased science based information.