Professional Development Workshop: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics
March 20, 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm CT
Student Life Center, Room 140
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
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.
AAAS facilitators will lead participants through an overview of why it is important to consider religious cultures and identities in science communication engagement and present some strategies and best practices for effective and inclusive dialogue about science and society. The workshop will include moderated discussions and a small-group exercise to respond to a challenging question or scenario with peers. While the focus of the workshop is on dialogue with religious publics, the content is relevant and applicable to effective science education and communication with a broad range of audiences.
- REVIEW key fundamentals for science communication and engagement;
- LEARN why dialogue with religious/spiritual publics is an important dimension to consider in effective and inclusive public science engagement;
- DISCUSS potential difficulties in engagement with religious publics on science issues;
- UNDERSTAND social science perspectives on science communication and faith;
- 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 DoSER@aaas.org for more information.