“Hollyweird Science", a symposium on the importance of Science in Film


The way science is portrayed in films plays an important role in influencing the relationship between science and society. This is what motivated Prof. Donna Nelson, currently president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), to host a symposium on Science in Film within the Annual Meeting of the ACS.

Now at its second edition, the “Hollyweird Chemistry” symposium took place over two days in San Francisco (US). As Erik Stengler reports (Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the Science Communication Unit of UWE Bristol) in his conference review titled Hollyweird Science - A symposium at the 253rd Annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. San Francisco 3 & 4 April 2017, “the symposium gathered together some of the world’s most active scientists, science educators, science communicators and science communication scholars who work on science in film.”

Speakers shared with participants their experience in working as science advisers for TV series and films, with the common theme of their fascinating stories being “the scientists’ commitment to the importance and power of these media to influence and shape the public perceptions and attitudes to science, including the scientific profession as a career choice, the diversity within science regarding gender, race and disabilities and science literacy.”

Several speakers also shared their experiences in using movies in education and communication of science. Find out more about this exciting conference by reading Stengler’s review, just published.