Like journalists, scientists have generally shied away from taking public positions on matters of policy or issues outside the specifics of their own work. The growing politicization of science, potentially massive funding cuts, and the upcoming March for Science are challenging that concept of neutrality.
At what point should scientists speak out? Does public activism jeopardize their standing as impartial brokers of new knowledge? In a superheated political environment, does a pro-science position risk being seen as partisan?
Join us for an informal conversation with scientists, science writers, and an organizer of Seattle’s March for Science.
Miles Greb is a local writer and organizer of March for Science-Seattle.
Sarah Myhre is an ocean and climate scientist with expertise in the marine ecological consequences of abrupt climate warming. She works at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography.
Free for members, $5 for guests.