Trust in Science, an interdisciplinary workshop, will bring together leaders in broadcasting, journalism, and museology with scientists and scholars from the social sciences and humanities who are engaged in the study of science and technology.

The workshop will be held October 15-16th, 2007 at Toronto’s CBC Conference Centre. The entrance to the conference centre is located at 25 John Street. Public lectures by Sheila Jasanoff and Natalie Jeremijenko will take place during the evenings in the Glenn Gould Studio.

There is no registration fee for attending the workshop, but you must register in order to attend. To register for the workshop, please email Bessie Goldberg at [email protected]

Include your name, email address, mailing address, phone numbers, and institutional affiliation. The deadline for registering is September 20th, 2007. However registration will be limited to the first 75 registrants.


Monday, October 15th

9:00 Opening the debate on ‘Trust in Science’ Gordon McOuat and Ian Stewart,

King’s College

9:30-10:30 Philip Mirowski, Economics and History and Philosophy of Science,

Notre Dame University, “The Global Restructuring of Science as a Marketplace of


Chair: Gordon McOuat, King’s College

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:45 Clinical Trials and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Joel Lexchin, School of Health Policy and Management, York University,

“Trust in Pharmaceutical Research”

Anita Ho, Dept. of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, “Trust

and the Institutional Culture of Medical Science”

Jill Fisher, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University,

Clinical Research for Hire: Trust in an Era of Medical Neoliberalism”

Chair: Sergio Sismondo, Queen’s University

12:45-2:30 Catered Lunch

2:30-4:30 Publicizing Science, and its Effects

Bruce Lewenstein, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University,

“Science Books in America After World War II”

Jim Handman, Senior Producer, Quirks and Quarks, CBC, “Why the Media

Can’t Tell their Asteroid from their Ebola”

Peter Calamai, Ottawa Bureau, Toronto Star, “It All Depends”

Chair: Kenton Kroker, York University

4:30-5:00 Coffee Break

5:00-6:00 Wes Shrum, Dept. of Sociology, Louisiana State University, “Corps

Trust: How Long is Short Sheeting?”

Tuesday, October 16th

9:00-10:00 Theodore Porter, Dept. of History, UCLA, “”Speaking Precision to

Power: The Modern Political Role of Social Science”

Chair: Ernst Hamm, York University

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:03 Public Controversies and the Distribution of Expertise

Alan Richardson, Dept. of Philosophy, University of British Columbia,

“On the Rhetoric of Failure and the Maintenance of Trust: Toward a Public Understanding

of Ignorance in Public Science”

Jennifer Keelan, Dept. of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto,

“Constructing a New Objectivity? Democratic Objectivity and Citizen’s Science

in the Debates over the Mercury-Autism Theory”

Peter Broks, Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, “Trust Me I’m a Patient: Experiential Expertise as a Way to Open Up Science-Public Dialogues”

Chair: Darrin Durant, York University

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 Who to Trust on Climate Change?

Maxwell Boykoff, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University,

“Climate Science and Mass Media in the United States and United Kingdom: Translations,

(Mis)trust and its (Dis)contents”

Mike Goodman, Dept. of Geography, Kings College London, “‘Trust Me I’m a

Mega-Star!'” The Changing Politics of Celebrity in Fair Trade and Climate

Change Media”

Richard Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego,

“A Science Guide for the Climatically Perplexed: Do You Trust Physicians or


Chair: Katherine Anderson, York University

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-6:30 Museums and the Public Trust

Louise Thorn, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and

Medicine, Imperical College London, “Trust on Display: How Can Scholarship Concerning

Trust in Science be Presented to a Non-Specialist Audience Within a Museum


Randall Brooks, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, “Trust in

Science-the Museum Advantage”

Robert Bud, London Science Museum, “The Science Museum and the History

Of Science”

Chair: Bernard Lightman, York University