The 2020 gathering will focus on how UF faculty, researchers, academic staff and graduate students can help to build trust in research.

We’ve all seen countless articles about the decline of peoples’ trust in institutions worldwide, yet surveys show their trust in science and research is high.

Together, we’ll explore how the faculty and staff of a top-ranked, major research university can break through and improve these trust ratings. You will also learn individual skills that you can use to amplify your work.

We are planning a series of lively and engaging plenary sessions—with experts from Science Friday, the Conversation and the Op-Ed Project, and featuring journalist and author Bina Venkataraman and Florida’s chief science officer Tom Frazer—complemented by a series of UF faculty-proposed breakouts throughout the day. The complete program is below and will be based at UF’s beautiful Cultural Plaza.

This year’s event is organized in partnership with the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, the College of Journalism and Communication Center for Public Interest Communications, the UF Office of Research, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. It is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

This event is free for faculty, academic staff and graduate students to attend, but seating is limited. WE ARE SOLD OUT.



All events at the UF Cultural Plaza

8:30-9 a.m.
Philips Center house opens and morning snacks

9 a.m.
Welcome from Provost Glover

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Opening Plenary: Credibility and Expertise
The Op-Ed Project

11-11:45 a.m.
Morning Workshops/Breakouts

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Lunch1:15-2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Plenaries

Bina Venkataraman, journalist and author of “The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

An interactive workshop with the Science Friday team

3-3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops/Breakouts

4:15-4:45 p.m.
A Conversation with Tom Frazer, Florida’s Chief Science Officer4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks, Provost Joe Glover

5-7 p.m.
Reception @ Harn Museum of Art

parking map at cultural plaza
Via Philips Center

Getting There

Phillips Center and Harn Museum
3201 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL

By public transportation:

An RTS shuttle (117) runs regularly between the Reitz Union and the park-and-ride near the Phillips Center and Harn Museum. All UF GatorOne cards allow for free rides on RTS. Track the bus.

By car:

Parking is available in the parking garage and the surface lots at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. Please follow posted restrictions on parking areas (a UF permit may be required in non-metered spaces).

Organized in partnership by:
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