Sixth Annual AAAS Communicating Science Seminar Discusses Challenges and Opportunities in Public Engagement
Panelists and audience members exchanged perspectives from both research and experience about different audiences, messaging tactics, and cultural change The Communicating Science Seminar at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting offered the audience of approximately 500 scientists, science communicators, evaluators, and students a chance to hear from and ask questions of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise in practicing, researching, and facilitating public engagement. The day included three panels, the first on expanding and diversifying the types of audiences that scientists and others engage with, the second on using narrative as a tool for conveying scientific information, and the third on increasing support for public engagement within scientific institutions and cultures.
This guide features sessions led by STPF fellows and/or related to science in policy and science communication. STPF looks forward to seeing you at the AAAS Annual Meeting!
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has signed a memorandum of understanding with the science commission of Chile’s Senate, agreeing to collaborate on work to enhance the science-policy interface, science communication and science diplomacy in the Americas.
A daily, 60-second radio program produced by AAAS that provides tidbits of scientific information online and over the airwaves marked its 30th anniversary on Jan. 11.
AAAS and Sigma Xi forge an alliance to leverage the work of the two broad-based scientific organizations to promote and advance science.
Two recent papers take important steps toward evaluating the impact of participating in public engagement on scientists. Most evaluation of public engagement with science has focused on impacts on the public participants. Assessing the effects on scientists could help document the mutual exchange of ideas that is central to the public engagement approach. Such evidence could provide concrete data and examples for scientists of what they can gain from discussing science with members of the public, not just what they can provide, and help them justify their involvement.
The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy hosted the fourth annual science diplomacy conference, “Science Diplomacy 2018,” at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Read the conference report here.