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date: 14 December 2019

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This chapter presents communication perspectives on two reputable science institutions in the United States, each with historic and modern roles in shaping the enterprise of science, as well as practice in communicating science: the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The discussion includes an overview of how these institutions synthesize and communicate scientific knowledge and an examination of their efforts not only to convey scientific information to the broader public but also to serve as a respected voice for the scientific community. It reveals tensions that occur when institutions dedicated to the advancement of science interface with the complex world of public perception and public policy. The chapter concludes by advocating for better connecting the theory and practice of science communication and calls for encouraging increased interaction and collaboration between science communication researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: science communication, public perception, public policy, science communication researchers, public policy, synthesizing scientific knowledge, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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