COVID-19 has created challenges that the world has not seen in more than a century and thrust science itself under the microscope. Vaccines, therapeutics, and epidemiology are now topics of conversation in the public square, and the need for researchers to effectively communicate about their work has never been more essential.
On April 16, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted an hourlong panel discussion with expert contributors to Pew’s latest issue of Trend magazine to explore how scientists can build trust with the public and how the lessons from the pandemic can change the practice of science for the better.
Susan K. Urahn is president and chief executive officer of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity dedicated to improving policy, informing the public, and invigorating civic life.
Molly Irwin oversees Pew’s research and science portfolio, which spans the Trusts’ programmatic work and focuses on advancing research quality and expertise to further Pew’s mission and the goals of its projects.