Let’s Talk: Learning From Socio-Scientific Conversations Among Scientists and Publics

Sunday, February 19, 2017: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 306 (Hynes Convention Center)
Answering socio-scientific questions requires scientific input as well as social values and cultural norms. How can we best facilitate useful and authentic multidirectional learning among scientists and diverse, informed publics, so that the growth of rapidly emerging scientific fields is informed by the values and perspectives of both? This discussion session includes short presentations describing this kind of public engagement from scientist and practitioner perspectives, outlining its value, motivations for participation, and different models for implementation. Outcomes of two relevant projects will be presented -- one organized by a research organization about ecology and climate change and another by a science museum on synthetic biology. Meeting attendees will form small discussion groups to identify topics related to their work, field, or broader society that would benefit from multidirectional conversation and identify specific approaches for engaging scientists and publics. This session is aimed at helping participants chart potential paths forward for advancing public dialogue to serve science and society and inform policy.

Larry Bell, Museum of Science
David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science
Natalie Kuldell, BioBuilder Educational Foundation
Emily Cloyd, AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology
Overview of Public Engagement with Science: Definitions, Tools, and Practices