Community Conversations that Build Trust in Biomedical Research
Public trust in biomedical research is critical to ensure public support and translation into medical advances. The mission of Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is to promote the public’s trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. NWABR’s informal science education and professional development programs address falling public trust in biomedical research.
During this webinar, you will learn about our cornerstone public outreach program, the Community Conversation Series. Community Conversations, located in Seattle & Spokane, WA and Portland, OR, tackle issues in biomedical research and their relationship with ethics and society. They are a model for public learning and discussion that encourage directional rather than binary thinking and seek to build trust. Community Conversations can be replicated or modified to suit your organization’s programming and goals.
We will also provide an overview of our student and professional programs that support the “S” and “T” in STEM.
At the conclusion of this webinar we hope that you will have some new ideas about how you might more deeply engage your stakeholders in STEM.
Ken Gordon, Executive Director, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Ken Gordon comes from New Zealand, which means he has a cultural bias for helping small organizations create an impact that belies their size. Ken has a commitment to hard work, working at the grass roots and informing his work with research. In his professional life he has been a Youth Worker, a Strategic Planning Manager for a City, a community college tutor in business studies, a CEO of a large community foundation and the ED of a small Native American foundation. Most recently Ken has been the principal of a management consulting business, the Manaaki Group, which specializes in working with non-profit clients. In addition to his first degree (Women's Studies minor) he has post graduate qualifications in business studies with a focus on finance and public policy. He has also attended non-profit leadership and strategy programs at both the Harvard and Stanford Graduate Schools of Business. He sees his role with NWABR as being developmental – that is building on all of the amazing work that has been done over the last 25 years to secure a sustainable and exciting path for the future.
Jennifer Wroblewski, Public Engagement Manager, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Ms Wroblewski's work fosters public understanding of translational research through bi-directional Community Conversations and NWABR’s Speakers Bureau. In addition, she also offers science communication training through consultations and workshops. Prior to her role at NWABR, Ms. Wroblewski worked for ten years as a research scientist at Harborview Medical Center. Jen holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington. She is a mother of three, a member of the Northwest Science Writers Association and is the co-founder of Science on Tap, Seattle’s longest running science café.
Sep 19, 2018
1:00PM - 2:00PM PT
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