Over the last six decades, US federal investments in scientific research have led to unquestionable economic and societal advances, while expanding human knowledge. Yet, in the current US federal fiscal climate, funding for fundamental research is being challenged in some quarters. This situation has created the need for stakeholders in science to step forward and defend the role that basic research plays in creating the knowledge and workforce necessary to address current and future challenges. Communicating to fellow scientists in this environment is necessary but not sufficient to sustaining, or even expanding, support for fundamental research. A multi-faceted approach will be described for enhancing communication to broader audiences, including policy makers and the general public, increasingly responsible for ensuring the future of scientific progress.

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Communicating the value of science--issues, imperatives and insights

Judy Gan   US National Science Foundation, United States

Dana Topousis   US National Science Foundation, United States

Over the last six decades, US federal investments in scientific research have led to unquestionable economic and societal advances, while expanding human knowledge. Yet, in the current US federal fiscal climate, funding for fundamental research is being challenged in some quarters. This situation has created the need for stakeholders in science to step forward and defend the role that basic research plays in creating the knowledge and workforce necessary to address current and future challenges. Communicating to fellow scientists in this environment is necessary but not sufficient to sustaining, or even expanding, support for fundamental research. A multi-faceted approach will be described for enhancing communication to broader audiences, including policy makers and the general public, increasingly responsible for ensuring the future of scientific progress.

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