Magazine article American Scientist

Annual Meeting Update: Debates Hosted by ISGP

Magazine article American Scientist

Annual Meeting Update: Debates Hosted by ISGP

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The Institute on Science for Global Policy will hold debates November 8 during Sigma Xi's Annual Meeting in Glendale, Arizona. ISGP has pioneered a specific debate format to improve communication of scientifically credible ideas and recommendations to policy makers.

Prior to the Annual Meeting, two subject matter experts will prepare concise policy position papers espousing diverse viewpoints concerning challenging priorities facing society. These papers are the centerpieces for two debates. Prior to the debates, these papers will be distributed to those in attendance.

Each author is given 5 minutes at the start of each debate to summarize his/her views while the remaining 70 minutes are open to questions from participants. The presenter and a moderator will be in the middle of a hollow rectangle, surrounded by local and potentially national policy makers, students, and subject matter experts who will engage the authors with questions and comments. …

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