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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.

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Barcoded Microbes Could Track Sources of Food Contamination

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Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Aaron Levine Explores a Proactive Approach to Bioethics and Public Engagement

Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

#SciEngage Virtual Discussion (June): Science Societies Supporting Engagement

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Electronic Cigarettes May Set the Stage for Gum Disease

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Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Jin Montclare Experiments with Blogging and Op-Eds to Connect with the Public

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Tropical Forests Continue Carbon Storage under Moderate Warming

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Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

Video: The Risks of Internet Voting in the Puerto Rico Electoral Code of 2020