Rob O'Malley and Liz Crocker presenting the Engaging Scientists Workshop at the AAPA 2018 Annual Meeting
In consultation with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement, the AAAS DoSER ‘Engaging Scientists’ project supports scientists in becoming more effective ambassadors for their research interests, their disciplines, and for science as a whole with a broad and diverse spectrum of publics, and particularly with religious communities.
Scientific research and its applications impact environments, communities, and individuals. New advances have and will continue to have implications for understanding(s) of what it means to be human, our place in the universe, and our understanding of the world around us. The social and philosophical dimensions of science are also of great interest and concern to society at large.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, most Americans identify as religious or spiritual. However, many scientists are unclear about how to effectively engage with religious perspectives and worldviews. This project helps scientists develop strategies and skillsets for constructive and culturally competent public science engagement, including on topics that intersect with faith and religion.
The Engaging Scientists Project includes 4 related initiatives:
Scientific Society Events
Members of the DoSER team and public engagement facilitators from the AAAS Center for Public Engagement organize and host science communication workshops at prominent scientific association meetings. Where appropriate, these are paired with formal research symposia highlighting effective, dialogue-driven engagement strategies and projects with religious communities and other publics that are already taking place within that discipline. Through these events, we hope that science professionals, researchers, and students will gain an appreciation for cultural competence, and learn strategies and best practices for public science engagement with diverse audiences.
- Society for Neuroscience:
- Workshop - Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Audiences Saturday, November 11, 2017 7am - 10:30am at AAAS headquarters
- Social Issues Roundtable - Engaging Neuroscientists in Dialogue With Religious Communities Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:00-3:00pm at conference hotel
- Introduction, Se Kim, PhD, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Bringing Science into the Seminary: Bridging Communities at a Religious University, Nancy Adleman, PhD, Catholic University of America
- Global Brain Projects: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Value Conflicts in Experimental Design, Karen Rommelfanger, PhD, Emory University
- Interpreting Science to Faith, and Faith to Science: A Tale of Two Communities, Bill Newsome, PhD, Stanford Neurosciences Institute
- Convergence of Neuroscience and Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives, Gillian Hue, PhD, Emory University
- Questions and Answers, panel
- American Geophysical Union: December 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans, LA
- Workshop - Dialogue with Religious Publics Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4PM-6PM in the Rivergate Room
- Poster Session - Science Engagement with Faith Communities Wednesday, December 13, 2017 8AM-12PM Poster Hall D-F
- American Astronomical Society: January 2018 in National Harbor, MD
- Astronomy Engagement With Diverse Publics January 8, 2018 12:30PM-4PM
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists: April 11-14, 2017 in Austin, TX
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: 2019 in Washington, DC
- More events to be announced soon!
The AAAS DoSER team and Public Engagement facilitators are pleased to announce partnerships with six U.S. based institutions — Stanford University, Texas State University, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Howard University — where they will be organizing a series of science communication workshops and speaker events geared toward both established and early career scholars. The content focuses on effective, dialogue-driven engagement strategies for communicating about science in the classroom, in research settings, and with broader publics. Campus events will also include awards to recognize and promote constructive science engagement between university scientists and their local communities, including religious institutions.
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Print and Online Resources
As part of the project, DoSER is producing a series of booklets that explore the social context for science engagement and provide an overview of best science communication practices, including for engagement with religious publics, drawing on established guidelines and the latest peer-reviewed research. The booklet series also highlights science engagement projects from a range of disciplines, with commentary and reflections on these projects from lead researchers, collaborators and participants.
The program is also producing an array of online resources for public engagement, including video archives of academic symposia, additional examples of science engagement projects with commentary, and a web-only version of the workshop.
Engaging Scientists Network
A major goal of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program is to grow a network of scientists, public communicators, organizations and faith communities who are interested in constructive dialogue and engagement on science and society topics.Through online social media such as our website, Twitter, Facebook and AAAS’ own Trellis platform, DoSER and our partner programs within AAAS will participate in and promote dialogue on effective science engagement, share resources, and highlight opportunities for science engagement with diverse publics. If you are a scientist or a community representative and you are interested in joining our network, you can learn more and sign up here: https://engagingscientists.aaas.org/
This project is a collaborative effort with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement, with whom DoSER will design a series of science communication workshops that assist scientists in their efforts to communicate effectively with religious audiences and students.