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Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication


Engagement with diverse communities is a growing interest for many scientists and science communicators. A majority of Americans consider scientific knowledge essential, authoritative and a source of hope, but also take other factors into account during civic discussions, such as socio-economic status, race, political identity, and religious beliefs. Successful outreach efforts include an understanding of these factors and the ability to connect around shared values and identities. Scientists in Civic Life provides an overview of the science communication research, public perceptions of science, and strategies for encouraging fruitful dialogue about science and society.

This booklet was produced as part of the ‘Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue’ project, a joint effort by the DoSER program and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and TechnologyThe author, Matthew Nisbet, is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.

Recommended Citation

American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2018). Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication