Professional Development Workshop: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics
Friday, November 9, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
LBJ Student Center
Texas State University (San Marco, TX)
About the Workshop
Are you involved in public science engagement, or thinking about it? Are you interested in promoting dialogue about science with a broader spectrum of individuals and communities? Are you concerned about effectively navigating tensions at the intersections of science, culture, and faith in your classroom, your laboratory or practice, on social media, in policy discussions, or in public settings?
Texas State University graduate students, faculty and staff in STEM fields are invited to a free workshop on Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics, developed as a collaboration between the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program and the Center for Public Engagement on Science and Technology, both situated within the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
AAAS staff will lead participants through an overview of why it is important to consider religious cultures and identities in science engagement, and present some strategies and best practices for effective dialogue. The workshop will include moderated discussion and a small-group exercise to respond to a challenging question or scenario with peers. While the focus of the workshop is on dialogue with religious publics, the content is relevant and applicable to effective science communication with a broad range of audiences.
This workshop is part of an all-day “Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue” Campus Event, hosted by the Texas State University Department of Philosophy on November 9th, 2018.
- learn why dialogue with religious/spiritual publics is important for effective public science engagement;
- discuss potential barriers to engagement with religious publics on genetic topics and issues;
- understand social science perspectives on science communication and faith in the US;
- apply approaches for effective engagement on challenging questions or topics.
The DoSER workshop will be offered at six universities around the US in 2019 as part of the Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue project.
Contact DoSER@aaas.org for more information.