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Engaging Scientists Campus Events

Upcoming Events & Deadlines


March 25, 2019

12:00 - 4:00 pm ET

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Panel Discussion
(Open to the public)

Monday, March 25, 2019

5:30 - 7:30 pm EST

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Public Engagement
Contest Deadline

EXTENDED: April 22, 2019

11:59 pm EST

Rules and submission

Public Engagement Contest

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: April 22, 2019, 11:59PM EST

This contest is to recognize ongoing or prospective science engagement by partner university STEM graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff that is focused on (or explicitly inclusive of) religious publics.

Eligible submissions must include:
    - Short essay describing the engagement activity
    - Support letter from collaborating community representative
    - Engagement product (finished or in progress)

Applicants must participate in a DoSER workshop in order to be eligible. Workshops will be offered at each partner university. A digital version of the workshop will also be available (forthcoming).

Up to four awards of $1,000 each per campus. 

Read the full rules, submission instructions, and other information here.

See creative science engagement examples here.

Open House: Taking the Pulse of the UMBC Community

Monday, March 25, 2910, 9:00 - 11:00 am ET
Lower Flat Tuesdays
University of Maryland - Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)

Stop by Lower Flat Tuesdays to record or write a brief message about your thoughts on the relationship between science and faith. Staff from UMBC’s Mosaic Center will be available to help facilitate conversation.

Professional Development Workshop: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics

March 25, 2019, 12:30 - 4:00 pm ET
University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) (Baltimore, MD)
Library, 7th Floor

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About the Workshop

Are you involved in public science engagement, or thinking about it? Are you interested in promoting dialogue about science with a broader spectrum of individuals and communities? Are you concerned about effectively navigating potential tensions at the intersections of science, culture, and faith in your classroom, your laboratory, on social media, in policy discussions, or in public settings?

The Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics workshop is a collaboration between the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program and the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, both situated within the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It is intended as a professional development opportunity for students, communicators, educators, scientists and other professionals in STEM fields.

In this workshop, AAAS facilitators lead participants through an overview of why culture (including spirituality and faith) and worldview are important considerations for science engagement, and present strategies and best practices for effective and inclusive dialogue about science topics. The workshop includes moderated discussions and a small-group exercise to respond to a challenging question or scenario. While the focus is on dialogue with religious publics, the workshop content is relevant and applicable to effective science education, communication and engagement with a broad range of audiences.

Participants will:

  1. REVIEW key fundamentals for science communication and engagement;
  2. LEARN why dialogue with religious/spiritual publics is an important dimension to consider in effective and inclusive public science engagement;
  3. DISCUSS potential difficulties in engagement with religious publics on science issues;
  4. UNDERSTAND social science perspectives on science communication and faith;
  5. APPLY approaches for effective engagement on challenging questions or topics.

The DoSER workshop will be offered at six universities around the US in 2019 as part of the Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue project.

Contact for more information.

Panel Discussion: Science Engagement and Dialogue with Faith Communities

Free and open to the public

Monday, March 25, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
University Center Ballroom
University of Maryland - Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)


Join the UMBC community and the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program for a series of short presentations and a panel discussion on science engagement with faith communities. The panel of science communicators, scientists and medical professionals will share insights drawn from their diverse backgrounds and interests.

The event is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.



Rabbi Geoff Mitelman founded Sinai and Synapses, and organization with expertise in constructive discourse on science and society topic with religious communities. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Religion and Jewish Studies. Rabbi Mitelman led the congregation of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester for seven years, and his writing on the intersection of religion and science has appeared widely.


Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster is a preventive medicine and public health physician who is an associate professor in the Department of Community and Rural Medicine and deputy director of the Institute for Rural Health Research at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Regional Campus. She has expertise in community health partnerships with churches and other faith communities.


Dr. Altaf Saadi is a neurologist and fellow at the National Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she focuses on promoting healthcare leadership in health policy, health services, and community-partnered research. Dr. Saadi is active in social justice and science-informed advocacy in the public sphere.


Dr. Caitlin Schrein is the strategic communications editor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a science communicator specializing in anthropology and evolution. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between human evolution education and students’ interest in science and their decision-making about social issues with a scientific basis, such as climate change. She particularly focused on life sciences pedagogy that is sensitive to students’ culture, faith, and worldview.