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Equipping physicists with the skills necessary to address scientific misinformation

Scientific denial and misinformation are rapidly approaching a boiling point and affecting our work-potential, future funding, public opinion, and the wellbeing of society. The last few years have presented unique and complex challenges on misinformation and disinformation with regard to issues such as COVID-19 and climate change. This project from the start has been member driven, due to members’ growing concern of misinformation and disinformation. Therefore APS recognized the need for more to be done on the issue. Thus, the Science Trust Project was born.

How concerned are you about misinformation and disinformation?

Data was gathered at a poll in the countering misinformation session at the APS Annual Leadership Meeting in January 2022.

Do you feel you should play an active role in countering disinformation?

Data was gathered at a poll in the countering misinformation session at the APS Annual Leadership Meeting in January 2022.

The Science Trust Project is a new APS initiative with the long-term goals of developing a better understanding of the extent, causes, and impact of the spread of scientific misinformation. We also aim to empower APS members to meaningfully contend with scientific misinformation in their professional and personal lives. This involves being a hub for resources, training, collaboration, and action. Training members in cutting-edge science communication skills (online, offline, professional, and personal), mobilizing members to apply new skills, bringing the collective experience of participants to learn from each other, and taking action to prevent and mitigate the spread of scientific misinformation are core to this project—guided by humility, curiosity, empathy, and fact.

Interested in learning more? Check out the recording of our panel on scientific misinformation at the Annual Leadership Meeting or read about it on FYI Science Policy News.

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If you have any questions, please contact Zack Pruett.