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Public Engagement Reflections

John Cook, a climate communication researcher and finalist for the 2022 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, describes how a chance meeting with game developers led to their collaboration on a misinformation game.

We recently completed an external evaluation of the first five years of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute. The evaluation focuses on sustained outcomes from the fellows' experience both for them as individuals and towards organizational change to support public engagement; the value of the program from the fellows' perspectives (as researchers, in public engagement, and as leaders); what aspects of the program are most important; and what changes fellows perceive in public responses to their engagement, post-fellowship. 

Paula Garcia Todd matched STEM educators with STEM professionals and these partnerships yielded some incredible results for students in Atlanta!

AAAS recognizes scientists doing excellent public engagement with two awards.

Leshner Fellow, University of Hawai'i at Manoa Assistant Professor, and phenomenal mentor Mikey Kantar shares a few tips to help senior academics support early-career scientists with media engagements.

AAAS Communicating Science Workshop facilitator Gemima Philippe shares how her team pivoted to a virtual program during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the breakout sessions that concluded the 2019 AAAS Communicating Science Seminar, a group of attendees explored the innovative ways public and land grant institutions are fulfilling their public commitment by responding to the needs of the communities in which they are embedded.

On April 16, AAAS and Fondation Ipsen convened a webinar titled "Coronavirus: A survival guide". In addition to promising upcoming research, attendees discussed the ways they've found (both professionally and personally) to persevere during our rapidly changing circumstances.

As her everyday routine began to shift due to Covid-19, Dr. Jin Montclare found innovative ways to #SciEngage and support her community, including donating PPE from her lab to nearby hospitals. Read about her impressive adaptability in today's PES Blog.


Marine scientist Amber Starks on how she adapts to her audience to find effective ways to talk about the transformations that active oil platforms undergo to become thriving marine ecosystems.