Online Event: Scientific Knowledge for Everyone

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

For knowledge to truly empower people, we need to increase our collective understanding of the science that shapes our world.

In recognition of Open Access Week 2021, we invite you to watch the replay of three one-to-one conversations, exploring issues ranging from the societal — such as the need for scientific findings to inform sound policy responses to the pandemic and climate change — to the personal, through stories from the speakers' working lives where unlocking knowledge helped guide individual decisions or spark an appreciation of the natural world.

The conversation drew on the experiences of two distinguished researchers in critical fields — climate science and virology — and a veteran science journalist, to illustrate the value of broadly communicating science within and beyond the academy.

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Harmit Singh Malik

Harmit is a Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He studies the evolutionary processes that drive our body's interactions with viruses, including contemporary scourges like HIV, as well as ancient viruses whose fossils litter our genome. Working on the interface between proteins on human cells and viruses that make us sick, he reveals gene variants that could influence our susceptibility to infection. Harmit grew up in the city of Bombay (now renamed Mumbai) in India, received a degree in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Rochester, NY before moving to Seattle in 2003. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Virology.

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Diana is a prominent researcher on climate change and sustainable energy policy. She serves as Vice Chair of the Working Group on Mitigation for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. The group assesses methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing them from the atmosphere. Diana holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley) and is a Professor at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Her research focuses on converting the building sector, which is responsible for 39 percent of process-related greenhouse gas emissions globally, to climate neutrality. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

Rosie Mestel

Rosie is Executive Editor of Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews. She gained a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Davis, before switching careers and earning a certificate in science communication from University of California, Santa Cruz. Rosie served as West coast correspondent for New Scientist magazine before joining the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and then editor of science and health; she served as Chief Magazine Editor of Nature, overseeing a team of 60 in the production of news, features and commentaries, before joining Knowable. She has written and edited broadly across the sciences throughout her journalism career, with a core specialty in biology and health/medicine.

Moderator: Richard Gallagher

Richard is President and Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews. He was previously Senior Editor of Science, Chief Biology Editor of Nature and Editor-in-Chief of The Scientist. Richard has a Ph.D. in cell biology, and spent 10 years in research, five as Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Immunology at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, working on the immunopathology of celiac disease, before becoming an editor and publisher.

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Related Annual Reviews articles:

A Diversified Portfolio

Michael M. Goodin, Graham F. Hatfull, and Harmit S. Malik, Annual Review of Virology

Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Radhika Khosla, Rob Bernhardt, Yi Chieh Chan, David Vérez, Shan Hu, and Luisa F. Cabeza, Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Vaccine Hesitancy, Acceptance, and Anti-Vaccination: Trends and Future Prospects for Public Health

Ève Dubé, Jeremy K. Ward, Pierre Verger, and Noni E. MacDonald, Annual Review of Public Health

Climate Change Disinformation and How to Combat It

Stephan Lewandowsky, Annual Review of Public Health

Related Knowable Articles:

Speaking of pandemics: The art and science of risk communication

Synthetic media: The real trouble with deepfakes

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