taylor-bascom chair &
vilas distinguished
achievement professor

university of wisconsin-madison, life sciences communication

morgridge institute for research

affiliate appointments
center for european studies; nelson institute for environmental studies; neuroscience & public policy program; robert f. and jean e. holtz center for science and technology studies

b.a. equiv., johannes gutenberg-
universität mainz
publizistik (nebenfächer:
politikwissenschaft, betriebswirtschaftslehre)

m.a., university of
journalism & mass communication

ph.d., university of
mass communications
(ph.d. minor in political science)


dietram a. scheufele
[DEE-trum SHOY-full-uh]

short bio

Dietram A. Scheufele is the Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the Morgridge Institute for Research. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Communication Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

As a communication scientist, Scheufele is one of the leading experts in the fields of science communication and political communication. His research examines how increasingly complex and controversial scientific breakthroughs are debated within democratic societies, and how corporations, universities, and nonprofits can better work with citizens to ensure that we use science to the benefit of everyone in society.

Before coming to Wisconsin, he was a tenured faculty member at Cornell University. Since then, he has held fellowships or visiting appointments at a number of other universities, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Technische Universität Dresden, and - most recently - the Universität Wien. His consulting portfolio includes work for DeepMind, Porter Novelli, PBS, WHO, and the World Bank.

(Click here for his complete CV.)



Scheufele's research and teaching have been recognized with awards from both professional and scholarly organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the World Association for Public Opinion Research.

Extramural support for Scheufele's research program has come from a wide variety of funders, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Rita Allen Foundation, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

(For more information, see Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, and ORCID.)


academic service

Scheufele currently co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, and serves on NASEM’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee, the Division on Earth and Life Studies Advisory Committee, and the Board on Health Sciences Policy. Since 2012, he has co-organized four NASEM Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication.

At UW, Scheufele has served on most of the university's main governance bodies, including the University Committee (Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate), the Social Sciences Divisional Committee, the University Committee for Honorary Degrees (which he currently chairs), the Provost Search & Screen Committee, the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee, and the UW-Madison Athletic Board.


contact information

University of Wisconsin–Madison
310 Hiram Smith Hall (map)
1545 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1215

(v) +1.608.262.1614
(f) +1.608.265.3042
E-mail: scheufele at wisc.edu
dscheufele at morgridge.org

Facebook: facebook.com/dietram
Twitter: @scheufele


office hours

During the academic year, click here to schedule an appointment.




what's new

(Click here for recent media coverage.)

February 13, 2020: Lifetime appointment as National Associate, National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

22, 2020: From Alexa to CRISPR; Lecture on science-society interfaces and polarized politics; Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

December 10, 2019: Connecting on CRISPR: Effective public communication about genome editing and its applications; Talk at Life 2.0 Colloquium, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Irvine, CA

November 15, 2019: Keynote, Sigma Xi 2019 Annual Meeting, Madison, WI

November 12, 2019: From CRISPR to AI: What happens when sifting and winnowing has to involve more than science, talk at Wisconsin Idea Seminar, Madison, WI

October 9, 2019: The future of genome editing, keynote panel with Kris Saha and Jo Handelsman at CRISPRcon Midwest 2019

June 27, 2019: What science communication (research) and documentary films can learn from each other; panel at Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, France.

April 18, 2019: Studying the science of science communication in the era of social media, fake news and short attention spans, talk at Science and Society Initiative, Duke University, Durham, NC

April 16, 2019: Conversation with WUNC's Frank Stasio on how to share science on an age in fake news

April 15, 2019: Papers from the third NASEM colloquium on the science of science communication now available at PNAS, including our introductory remarks (with Baruch Fischhoff)

April 11, 2019: Communicating science in the Facebook age: Best evidence and practices for reaching consumers; keynote at Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference & Exhibition, Dallas, TX

April 3-4, 2019: National Academies colloquium on the Science and practice of science communication:
Misinformation about science in the public sphere
in Irvine, CA

March 13, 2019: Public atttitudes toward gene editing wildlife for conservation; new article with Patrice Kohl et al. in Conservation Biology

January 11, 2019: Science audiences, misinformation, and fake news; new open access article with Nicole Krause in PNAS