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Public Engagement

Public engagement with science describes intentional, meaningful interactions that provide opportunities for mutual learning between scientists and the public. Mutual learning refers not just to the acquisition of knowledge, but also to increased familiarity with a breadth of perspectives, frames, and worldviews.

Goals for public engagement with science include civic engagement skills and empowerment, increased awareness of the cultural relevance of science, and recognition of the importance of multiple perspectives and domains of knowledge to scientific endeavors.

In order to “advance science and serve society,” AAAS engages the public and empowers scientists to engage the public on issues related to research, education, policy, and more.

AAAS News
Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Tracey du Laney Empowers Staff to Become Science Ambassadors to their Communities

AAAS News
Office of Public Programs

Mass Media Fellows Reflect on Science Journalism Experience

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Primary Role of Sleep Changes in Early Childhood

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Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Kafui Dzirasa Engages the Public in Shaping Brain Technologies and Speaks About Racism in STEM

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Scientist Wins Wachtel Award for Mapping Complex Cancer Gene Networks

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Mandatory Voting by Mail Gives No Party an Edge in Elections

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Office of Public Programs

Emily Anthes on the Great Indoors During a Pandemic and Beyond