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Menezes to Speak at Science Summit in Chicago

It was a cold, rainy afternoon on Earth Day 2017 and more than 1000 people were gathered at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for science. One of 600 rallies held in cities and towns around the world, the March for Science events sought to advocate for the value of science in the policy sphere. Metcalf Institute Executive Director Sunshine Menezes was among the featured speakers at the Rhode Island event.

“I’m here today as a scientist, with a deep respect for the slow and careful process of conducting scientific research,” said Menezes on the steps of the State House. “I’m also here today as a science communicator, who values the diverse perspectives that enrich our views of science and how we talk about its role in our society.”

One year later, the national March for Science effort has evolved into the inaugural Science | Government, Institutions & Society (S|GNS) Summit in Chicago, July 6-8. The event is expected to bring together emerging and established leaders across science, education, and advocacy communities to share knowledge, build community, and develop skills as science advocates, educators and organizers.

Menezes will speak on one of three plenary panels at the Summit, “Organizing for the Future: Cultivating a Collective, Strategic Scientific Voice for Critical 21st Century Issues.” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Eric Feigl-Ding, a public health researcher and first-time Congressional candidate, and Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Sciencedebate.org, will join Menezes on the panel.

Workshops and panel discussions at the S|GNS summit will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Thinking outside the ivory tower: using poetry and public engagement to expand your reach
  • Science is Everyone: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Audiences
  • Alternative Facts and Fake News: How to Advocate for Science When Data Aren’t Enough

“Developing strategies to help scientists effectively engage and collaborate with a wide range of public audiences is essential to ensuring that policies are grounded in scientific evidence, from local zoning ordinances to federal regulations” said Menezes. “I’m looking forward to exchanging ideas and strategies with scientists, educators and community organizers from diverse backgrounds to advance science communication and engagement.”