The role of science and technology in society, and the relationship between scientists, engineers and the public have been topics of debate and discussion for decades. Over recent years that discussion has only intensified, yet questions still abound about what the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers should be, how they should be implemented, and how best to integrate those responsibilities into the culture and practices of the scientific and engineering communities.
Join us 12 noon eastern, November 17 for the release of our report, The Social Responsibilities of Scientists and Engineers: A View from Within. Supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation and in partnership with 18 scientific and engineering membership organizations, we conducted a global survey, U.S.-based interviews and focus group to explore the questions of:
- What are the views of scientists and engineers as to their social responsibilities?
- What are the different sources of their beliefs about their social responsibilities?
- What factors influence their ability to fulfill their social responsibilities?
- What differences exist according to multiple demographic variables?
- What mechanisms are needed to support scientists and engineers in fulfilling their social responsibilities?