Annual Meeting Report

Storytelling for a More Equitable Open Science Enterprise


MODERATOR: Dana Compton American Society of Civil Engineers Reston, Virginia SPEAKER: Maryam Zaringhalam National Library of Medicine Washington, DC REPORTER: Madeleine Sendek American Academy of Neurology Minneapolis, Minnesota Within Scientific Discovery, There’s a Story to be Told: Pathways to Open Science and Public Engagement Stories focus on relatable characters and relatable events and can change cultural perceptions. Storytelling in science enables the public to engage with science and to understand that scientists are part of the public, too. Dr Maryam Zaringhalam, the Data Science and Open Science Officer at the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and a senior producer for The Story Collider, presented “Storytelling for a More Equitable Open Science Enterprise” at the Council of Science Editors (CSE) 2020 Annual Meeting. Her presentation emphasized that storytelling in science can help gain public trust in science, help people see the motivations that drive the research, and help the public understand that science has failures. Dr Zaringhalam’s presentation focused on characterizing what successful open science looks like. She supported her research with examples of knowledge exchange strategies to increase public engagement within the scientific enterprise. Dr Zaringhalam cited storytelling and community science as powerful tools in opening the lines of communication between scientists and the general public. Collaborative Science Dr Zaringhalam believes the ultimate goal of open science is to make the research enterprise more cooperative and collaborative. Collaboration helps ensure the products of science discovery extend benefits to as many people as possible. Extending knowledge to as […]

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