CoProducing Knowledge with Communities: Equity in Federal Research Programs


May 12, 2022 2:00 PM - May 12, 2022 3:00 PM
Online Event

A conversation with the White House Office of Science and Technology's Dr. Alondra Nelson

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Join White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Dr. Alondra Nelson for a discussion of equitable community participation in federally funded research. Dr. Nelson’s talk on this multi-dimensional science policy issue will be followed by an interactive forum featuring the experiences and perspectives of community members, researchers, funders, and other stakeholders.

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on May 12th. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will begin at 5 p.m. and extend through a reception from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Unlike basic science, where knowledge generation is the domain of scientists alone, research conducted for the purpose of decision-making involves broad publics with their own knowledge systems and values. Since the 1990s, the U.S. federal government has established climate research and decision-support programs to produce science that supports local, regional, and national policies. Federal agencies are increasingly using the term co-production to describe engagement with diverse groups of stakeholders in which new knowledge or products are created within these types of programs. One of the challenges, however, is developing equitable processes that address the needs of all communities, facilitating their ability to meaningfully participate.

Since February 2022, Dr. Nelson has been performing the duties of the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). As OSTP’s first deputy director for science and society and a leading scholar in science, technology, medicine, and social inequality, Dr. Nelson will give a keynote presentation on co-producing knowledge with communities, followed by a moderated discussion. During the second hour, representatives from American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange will lead a forum in which audience members will have opportunities to speak about their own experiences, answering the question “What does equitable co-production look like in practice?” and “Optimally, what should it look like?” Representatives from the National Academies will also be on hand with reports and information related to their work with communities.

Please register in advance to receive information on attending the event either in-person at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC or online.

The event is co-hosted by the National Academies' Board on Environmental Change and Society with George Mason University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Staff from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange are also participating in conjunction with a National Science Foundation-funded initiative.

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