Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley urged scientists to get involved in the upcoming election year; attend a town hall, vote in upcoming primaries and urge candidates to voice support for science and innovation. The remarks were part of presentations supported by the Kavli Foundation at the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs (AMSMIC) Annual Meeting, the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and Sanford Research South Dakota.
Woolley emphasized the importance of forging relationships with policymakers and the public. A strong majority of Americans (81%) say it’s important for scientists to inform elected officials about their research and its impact on society, according to a new survey commissioned by Research!America.
And yet the survey shows scientists and research institutions continue to be largely invisible to society. Only 16% of respondents say they can name a living scientist and less than a quarter know that medical research is conducted in all 50 states. Woolley shared resources, messaging and tools for researchers to engage with their communities.