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Scientific community/Science communication

This February 17 marked the tenth time AAAS has hosted the Communicating Science Seminar as part of its Annual Meeting, bringing together scientists, science communicators, and others interested in dialogue between scientists and the public. The sessions this year focused on cultural competence and cultural humility in public engagement with science, and on building connections and reciprocity between scientists and communities. There were also five discussion (“breakout”) sessions for participants to choose from later in the day.

John Cook, a climate communication researcher and finalist for the 2022 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, describes how a chance meeting with game developers led to their collaboration on a misinformation game.

Are you attending the 2022 AAAS Annual Meeting and interested in science communication and public engagement? You can peruse the online program, but if you prefer, here’s a guide for (most of) what’s happening! Workshops and Special Sessions are free with the “Basic Access” Pass. Scientific sessions require registration for the “Deluxe Access” Pass.

We recently completed an external evaluation of the first five years of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute. The evaluation focuses on sustained outcomes from the fellows' experience both for them as individuals and towards organizational change to support public engagement; the value of the program from the fellows' perspectives (as researchers, in public engagement, and as leaders); what aspects of the program are most important; and what changes fellows perceive in public responses to their engagement, post-fellowship. 

This evaluation of the first five years of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute focuses on sustained outcomes from the fellows' experience both for them as individuals and towards organizational change to support public engagement; the value of the program from the fellows' perspectives (as researchers, in public engagement, and as leaders); what aspects of the program are most important; and what changes fellows perceive in public responses to their engagement, post-fellowship.