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AAAS Workshop: Science Communication & Engagement with Religious Publics

Posted by on Monday, February 25, 2019 in Events.

Professional development workshop for students, postdocs & early career faculty

March 20, 2019
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust (Room 104)
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As part of a two day campus event focused on Science Communication, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be directing a workshop for scientists seeking to expand or improve their science engagement with diverse publics, particularly with individuals who hold religious perspectives and faith-informed worldviews.

Representatives from the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DOSER) program will guide discussion and offer tool and  strategies for constructive and inclusive science dialogue. The workshop will include moderated discussions 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 education and communication with a broad range of audiences.

Participants will:

  1. REVIEW key fundamentals for science communication and engagement;
  2. LEARN why dialogue with religious/spiritual publics is an important dimension to consider in effective and inclusive public science engagement;
  3. DISCUSS potential difficulties in engagement with religious publics on science issues;
  4. UNDERSTAND social science perspectives on science communication and faith;
  5. APPLY approaches for effective engagement on challenging questions or topics.

This opportunity is aimed at Vanderbilt graduate students, postdocs, and other early career researchers,  yet scientists of all career levels are welcome. While this workshop will focus on engagement with religious publics, it will be useful for public science engagement in general. Space is limited and participants must register before March 11th.

Sponsored by the AAAS, Vanderbilt Graduate School, Russell G. Hamilton Leadership Institute & Communication of Science and Technology Program