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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.

Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Suddenly find yourself needing to take that meeting online?

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New Oral Vaccine Urgently Needed to Prevent Mutant Polio Outbreak

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Leshner Fellow Robert Riener, on How the Cybathlon Promotes Awareness of Disability

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Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Climate Change Town Hall at AAAS Annual Meeting Feeds into Larger Efforts

Science News
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Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke Lurks in Movie Theater Despite Regulations

Science News
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Injected Vitamin C Boosts Power of Cancer Immunotherapy in Mice

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AAAS Leshner Fellow Dustin Garrick Launches the Uncommon Markets Book Project