Social surveys show that most Americans (including many scientists) identify as religious or spiritual. In collaboration with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, the AAAS DoSER Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue project (“Engaging Scientists”) supported scientists in becoming more effective ambassadors for themselves, their disciplines, and for science as a whole with diverse communities, particularly with religious communities and people of faith.
Some key components of the project include:
The Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue Based Communication (2018) resource, which provided an overview of the science of science communication, public perceptions of science, and strategies for engaging the public through dialogue;
The Science Engagement with Faith Communities profile series, featuring reflections by scientists and science communicatiors about engagement with and within faith communities;
The Science Engagement with Faith Communities video series, providing a short overview of best practices for inclusive science engagement;
The Science Communication and Engagement with Faith Communities workshop; and
awards to support independent science engagement activities by scientists with faith communities.
While the Engaging Scientists project formally wrapped up in 2021, some elements of the project will continue as part of DoSER’s “Engaging Scientists and Faith Communities” project.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (2022). Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue: Final Report. https://sciencereligiondialogue.org/resources/engaging-scientists-final-report/