Scientific trust and credibility are neither monolithic and static, nor intrinsic to Science, but are discursively (re)constituted. Humanities and social science scholars broadly conceptualize credibility in terms of perceived “trustworthiness” (character, believability), “expertise” (qualifications, authority), and “goodwill” (responsiveness, empathy) (Keränen, 2010; McCroskey & Teven, 1999). Although publics use these heuristics to interpret, evaluate, and make decisions about complex, uncertain, and controversial science (Brossard & Nisbet, 2007), less is known about how publics’ perceptions of scientific trustworthiness and credibility emerge, and how public engagement of science and environment enables or constrains these perceptions. The 6th Summer Symposium on Science Communication brings together scholars to examine these constructs from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including communication, rhetoric, science and technology studies, history and philosophy of science, psychology, sociology, design, as well as from scientists interested in science communication and broader impacts activities. The 2018 symposium fosters interdisciplinary conversations about the processes, rhetorics, perceptions, and limitations of credibility and trust in the contexts of science, the environment, crisis and risk.
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