The 2021 AAAS Communicating Science Seminar will be held online on Friday, February 5, the week prior to the main AAAS Annual Meeting. This annual seminar provides a variety of opportunities for scientists, science communication researchers and public engagement practitioners to discuss and share research and best practices for science communication and public engagement.
As Director of Science & Technology Development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Tracey du Laney helps to bring scientific expertise and companies to North Carolina to drive life sciences research and economic development. As a 2019-20 AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow, one of her goals for creating institutional change to support public engagement with science centered around “Science Club.” She and a colleague started this once-a-month event shortly before her fellowship, to enable staff members who are not scientists but who are intensely curious about science to become more comfortable learning and talking about science informally. “I wanted to help them be ambassadors for our work and the science we enable,” she says.
Researchers, journalists, publishers and organizations face multiple challenges as they communicate new and rapidly changing COVID-19 science, according to an expert panel organized by AAAS for a Sept. 4 late-breaking session at the Euroscience Open Forum.
Kafui Dzirasa has been working hard to make the case for public engagement to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where, as a member of the advisory committee for the Brain Initiative 2.0, he is creating platforms for “scaled-up” engagement efforts to drive more ethical and responsible brain-computer interactions. Dzirasa, who holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University and a 2019-20 AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow. As he concluded in his Wired article from June 2019, “It is in humanity's hands to decide how far we will extend the boundaries of our species.”