2019 Plant ScienceS Symposium: How Can Scientists Better Communicate with the Public? - A Case Study of Genetically Engineered Papaya

When? February 8th, 2019
Where? William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 1 @ University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822


Started in 2018, The University of Hawaii's Plant Science Symposium series is part of an international symposia series spanning multiple universities and topics. These series are facilitated by what is now Corteva Agriscience, with the following objective:

"Our objective in organizing and supporting the Plant Sciences Symposia Series is to work directly with students at institutions around the world, facilitating a science-based forum that enhances discussion between the academic community and private industry, builds key organizational and management skills in future plant scientists, and exposes students to a diversity of career opportunities in agriculture."

Each year students are encouraged to choose their university's symposium topic. This year will focus on the exchange of information between the scientific community and the public, focusing on agricultural innovation and what can be learned from past experiences. The symposium will focus on the exchange of ideas and experiences from professionals spanning many areas including communication specialists, journalists, farmers, scientists, and industry professionals. There will be special emphasis on the history of Hawaii's own rainbow papaya

If you want to learn more about rainbow papaya but can't attend the conference, feel free to watch a video created by one of this year's speakers, Joan Conrow.


Missed the symposium? Check out the recorded video here


8:30-9:00 AM Registration and Morning Refreshments
9:00-9:40 AM Welcome Remarks- Dr. M’Randa Sandlin

Keynote Presentation- Dr. Alexa Lamm
"Communicating our Science: What does the public really want to know?"
9:40-10:45 AM Morning Panel (15 minute presentations)
Theme: Effectively Communicating Scientific Innovation

1. "Communicating Science in a Contentious Field"- Joan Conrow. Cornell Alliance for Science.

2. "Engaging with People: Sharing the Science of Agriculture" - Mark Stoutemyer. Corteva Agriscience.

3. "What Makes a Good Story? Underlying Themes of Engaging Narrative in Science Communication" - Dr. Tobin Redwine. Texas A&M.

4. "Rules of Thumb for Communicating Science to Non-scientists"-Dr. Mark Hixon. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Biology Dpt.
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Q&A with Morning Panel
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch in Law School Courtyard
Poster Session and Student Organization Group Displays in Classroom 4
1:15-2:20 PM Afternoon Panel (15 minute presentations)
Theme: Rainbow Papaya  - Overview of its History and Public Responses

1. "History of the Creation of Rainbow Papaya"- Steve Ferreira. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, PEPS Dpt.

2. ""Rainbow Papaya: Making the Reality and Telling the Story"- Dr. Richard Manshardt. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, TPSS Dpt.

3. "How GMO Technology Saved the Hawaiian Papaya Industry"- Ken Kamiya. Kamiya Farms.

4. "Communicating Effectively with a Distrustful Audience"- Ted Radovich- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, TPSS Dpt.
2:20-2:35 PM Break
2:35-3:30 PM
Q&A with Afternoon Panel
3:30-4:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Exit Surveys


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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
William S. Richardson School of Law
Classroom 1

2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822

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