Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication

Scientists in Civic Life provides an overview of the science communication research, public perceptions of science, and strategies for encouraging fruitful dialogue about science and society.
  • Writer:

    Matthew Nisbet

  • Date Published

    January 9, 2018

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Engagement with diverse communities is a growing interest for many scientists and science communicators. A majority of Americans consider scientific knowledge essential, authoritative, and a source of hope, but also take other factors into account during civic discussions, such as socio-economic status, race, political identity, and religious beliefs. Successful outreach efforts include an understanding of these factors and the ability to connect around shared values and identities. Scientists in Civic Life provides an overview of the science communication research, public perceptions of science, and strategies for encouraging fruitful dialogue about science and society.

This booklet was made in collaboration with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology.

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