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Scientific community/Science communication

Michael Hamburger and Adrienne Keller, Indiana University

Concerned Scientists @ IU developed and conducted workshops for scientists and members of local faith communities to address the scientific, ethical, and religious dimensions of climate change.

Stephen Freeland, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This project will engage UMBC students, faculty, and Camp NWMI’s (Next Wave Muslim InitiativeMuslim youth around the ideas of environmental stewardship for a day with various activities.

Earl Ettienne, Howard University

A panel session at the 2019 Ethiopian Educators Without Borders conference highlighted the work of the Howard community engaging with Ethiopian communities on research, teaching, service, and outreach.

On February 15, 2020, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science ran one of the first “town hall” sessions held at a AAAS Annual Meeting. Geared toward involving meeting participants in discussion, this town hall introduced the Center’s recent climate communication project, How We Respond, and showed one of the short films developed as part of it.

In 2019, DoSER gave eighteen $1000 awards for ongoing or prospective science engagement efforts that focused on, or were inclusive of, faith communities. Public's Choice award winner announced!

Mercedes Burns, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Students in class dialogued with religious leaders and bioethics experts on the integration of religion and evolution, and the responsibilities of evolutionary biologists communicating with a diverse public.

Kelsea Best, Vanderbilt University

This project was a screening of the film The Human Element and an expert panel discussion about the impacts of climate change on communities.

Join us online on Friday, March 6 at 12PM ET to hear about the Science Talk conference (coming up March 26-27) and the team's other work to build a community for professional science communicators. 

Dustin Garrick’s work addresses one of the enduring puzzles facing science and society: how and why people cooperate to resolve conflicts over shared land and water resources -- the commons -- and how to scale up innovative approaches. His current book project, Uncommon Markets: Collective Action and the Path to Prosperity, explores the role of cooperation in environmental markets for freshwater and fisheries. Such approaches, which use economic incentives to address resource scarcity, are spreading globally and billions of dollars are invested annually. This experimentation reveals that “uncommon” markets, shaped by communities and not just competition, are more common than we think. 

The AAAS Communicating Science Seminar, held on Thursday, February 13, brought together approximately 350 scientists, professional science communicators, students and others interested in bridging science and society. This was the eighth time this seminar has kicked off the many sessions related to science communication and public engagement at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting (see this event summary compiled by the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology, which organizes the seminar). Both panels at the seminar encouraged scientists to ask themselves what their underlying motivations are for engaging with the public about science: why do they want people to have the information they are sharing and what do they anticipate people will do as a result of the conversation?