Science and Technology Innovation Program


Communicating Synthetic Biology: How the Media Covers Emerging Technology

February 26, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm

Please join us Feb. 26, 2013, to learn more about how the press covers synthetic biology in the United States and Europe, how this has changed as the field has grown and what it could mean for widespread public acceptance of the technology. Our panel of journalism and public policy experts will explore these issues and discuss the results of a new report, Trends in American and European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology: 2008 – 2011. The report builds on the project’s earlier study of press coverage of synthetic biology between 2003 and 2008.

The event will also be a unique opportunity to discuss more in depth what makes for quality science journalism and explore how media narratives and imagery effect public perception of any new technology or scientific research. 

Image courtesy of Harless Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
  • Editor, Columbia Journalism Review’s The Observatory
  • Eleonore Pauwels // Senior Program Associate/Researcher, Science and Technology Innovation Program
    Formerly European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development, Directorate on Science, Economy and Society
  • Aaron Lovell // Writer/Editor/Program Manager, Science and Technology Innovation Program
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