November 4, 2019 | UC Davis Conference Center
The world's population is expanding, food demands are rising, and climate risks are becoming more disruptive. Scientific advancements can be utilized to solve these existential threats, but misinformation and discouraging public opinion prevent these solutions from being brought to light. How do we close the growing gap between scientific innovation and public acceptance? Using climate change policy and genetic engineering as case studies, Dialogues: Science and the Social License investigated why public opinion diverges from scientific discovery and discussed what we can do to bridge the innovation gap. This conference featured perspectives and panel dialogues from scientists, communicators, psychologists, and subject-matter experts, and brought together diverse stakeholders to discuss the relationship between science, culture, and policy.