This session will occur at the AAAS Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1:30 - 4:30 PM. To attend, please register at the AAAS Meetings website.
Are you involved in public science engagement, or thinking about it? Are you interested in promoting dialogue about science with a broader spectrum of the public then you currently reach? Do you want to support a culture of enthusiasm and advocacy for science in your community? Are you concerned about effectively navigating tensions at the intersections of science and society (including those based in culture and faith) in your classroom, at your field site, on social media, or in public settings?
Join us for a workshop on science engagement with religious publics, developed as a collaboration between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion” program and science communication specialists from the AAAS Center for Public Engagement on Science and Technology. This 3-hour workshop will include:
- an overview of why consideration of the perspectives of religious and spiritual publics is important for science engagement;
- a discussion of prior experiences or anticipated challenges for scientists engaging with religious communities and individuals of faith;
- a presentation of strategies for participating in constructive dialogue about research (and science as a whole) with clarity and sensitivity to a range of worldviews;
- opportunities to practice effective science communication by tackling challenging questions or topics that lie at the intersections of science, faith, and culture.