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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

One message, many mediums: Getting creative to reach a broad audience

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Tidewater Glaciers Melting Faster Than Expected

AAAS News
Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology

Craig Just’s Leshner Fellowship Spawns Collaborations from Iowa to Nigeria

Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs

2019 Science & Technology Policy Forum

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Wachtel Award Recognizes Molecular Machine Research in Cancer

AAAS News
Office of Public Programs

Climate Change Responses Require an All-of-The-Above Strategy

Science News
Office of Public Programs

Machine Learning Guides Pancreatic Cyst Management in Patients