Member Spotlight: Julia Moore champions scientists as communicators

By Laura Petersen
American Association for the Advancement of Science | January 9, 2015

Long before there were workshops and conferences about science communication, there was Julia Moore.

The AAAS Fellow and communication expert has spent a long and distinguished career in Washington, D.C., working on a variety of science and public health issues from nuclear arms to nanotechnology.

Along the way, Moore developed a few theories about policy and communication that have proven true for her again and again. They go like this:

  • Policy is often made not on facts, but emotion and relationships.
  • Technical experts must gain the trust of decision makers and the public.
  • Building trust requires clear communication, not jargon-laden lectures.

“Either you have that communication and you have that trust or you don’t,” says Moore. “And when you don’t, you don’t achieve your policy goals.”

Click here to read the full article, Julia Moore champions scientists as communicators, on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website.

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