Effective approaches for public engagement between science, technology and society are of growing interest to many scientists and science communicators. Accordingly, the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER) program and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology are happy to announce the release of Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue Based Communication. This free booklet provides an overview of science communication research, public perceptions of science, and strategies for engagement with a wide range of publics who hold diverse worldviews, values and beliefs. It is intended to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in constructive science communication and public engagement.
The Scientists in Civic Life resource was produced as part of the DoSER ‘Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue’ project, which supports scientists in becoming more effective ambassadors for science with a broad spectrum of publics, and particularly with religious communities. The author, Matthew Nisbet, is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. You can download the booklet here and learn more about the Engaging Scientists project here.