Advancing Trust in Science

John Dudley

The chair of the International Day of Light (IDL) steering committee urges action to stem misinformation and mistrust in science—and to improve scientists’ abilities to communicate with the public at large.

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The experience of the past year and a half has highlighted the need for a more open dialogue between scientists, educators, policymakers and the public. OPN spoke with OSA Fellow John Dudley, a professor of physics at the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté in France and the chair of the International Day of Light (IDL) steering committee, about the committee’s “Trust Science” pledge ( and the role of scientists as communicators in the future.

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Publish Date: 01 September 2021

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