The goal and focus areas of the center
The goal of the Center is to professionalize and institutionalize the role of the community engagement manager within science. All of our activities are in service of this.
Underpinned by an ethos of collaborative, evidence-based activities and the development of network-centric leaders, the Center has three focus areas:
- The AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program (CEFP) and its alumni network, which provides a one-year professional development opportunity to existing scientific community engagement managers.
- Research to better characterize and support the emerging role of the scientific community engagement manager – including through collaborations with visiting scholars.
- The development and delivery of scalable, modular training materials, white papers and other professional development support materials for individuals and organizations working to build or fund scientific teams and communities.
These three areas are tightly interlinked – with the research informing training materials and organizational feedback signposting future areas for research and/or curriculum development.