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Scientific community/Science communication

Are you attending the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA and interested in science communication and public engagement?

Here’s a cheat sheet for (most of) what’s happening!

Join us for our next SciEngage discussion on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7 at 12 PM EST. We’ll hear from Geoff Hunt (LabX) and Jen Benoit-Bryan and Peter Linett (Slover Linett), who will discuss their work studying millennials’ relationship with science.

AAAS Family Science Days is a free public science event that offers an array of hands-on child-friendly activities. The 2020 AAAS Family Science Days event will be held Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Seattle, WA, as part of the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Join us on Friday January 10th at 12 PM EST for our next SciEngage discussion! We’ll be hearing about the NSF-funded project, “Integration of Science Outreach into the Research Enterprise”, which aims to uncover how science outreach is valued among fellow researchers, learn what motivates scientists to participate in science outreach, and examines how gender and race may influence participation in science outreach. 

When Chris Scott gets involved in a research collaboration, he often looks at how it’s being set up and suggests ways to further engage stakeholders, asking questions like “how will you be sharing this with people who can use it?” and “can research design better incorporate users’ needs?” He sees this as adding value both to the research and to those it may affect. “We need to take more seriously stakeholders’ priorities as we conduct research, or better, beforehand,” he says. As a hydrologist and professor at the University of Arizona, and director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, Scott considers the type of work he does to be “ideally suited to public engagement.” His 2018-19 AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellowship was a continued exploration of his career-long focus on use-inspired science. 

In April 2019, Pei Xu co-hosted a conference on water, bringing together regulators, water users and water managers from Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico to discuss strategies to address their shared challenge of drought. Xu, a professor of environmental engineering at New Mexico State University and a 2018-19 AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow, had attended the first year of this conference, which was held in Texas and focused on desalination. Afterward, she asked the organizer Ed Archuleta if she could co-chair the next one with him, hold it in New Mexico, and broaden it to agricultural and water security. This turned into her biggest effort over the course of her Leshner fellowship year, and one she plans to participate in again, next time in Mexico.

Join us on Facebook Live and in-person December 18 for moderated conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech University), Dr. Katy Hinman (AAAS DoSER: Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion), Daniel Barry (AAAS Local Science Engagement Network) and Emily Therese Cloyd (AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology).