Science and SocietyPublic Engagement with Science

Strengthening the relationship between science and society

Engaging the public in science is a diverse and growing field of scholarship and practice. We help nurture this developing field to ensure its effectiveness and sustainability and provide scientists with the support they need to communicate effectively. This includes a focus on more effective engagement with basic science.


SciPEP, the Science Public Engagement Partnership between the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and The Kavli Foundation, will deepen our understanding of effective public engagement around basic research, exploring how we can improve this practice while providing tools for scientists and practitioners.

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Civic Science Fellows

Individuals in science, media, education, social science, civic engagement, and other fields spend one to two years experimenting with new evidence-based approaches in science communication and community engagement to co-create strong, diverse and inclusive connections between science and civic life within and among a variety of science-focused organizations.

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LISTEN Network

Leaders in Science and Technology Engagement Networks (LISTEN) connects and supports perspectives from across the science-engagement ecosystem, including informal science education, public engagement, journalism and science writing, live events, community science and science-communication training. Participants work together to improve practices that facilitate broad participation in science and mechanisms to generate an ongoing forum for learning and collective action.

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Society Civic Science Initiative

A group of scientific societies working to advance a culture of civic science, in which societal needs and diverse perspectives help shape science, and scientific discoveries inform people, decisions, and policies. A core aspect of the initiative’s focus is strengthening and expanding collective capacity to support scientists to effectively engage with decisionmakers and members of the public.

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SciComm Trainers Network

This professional organization builds connections between science communication trainers for the ultimate purpose of creating a more science-engaged world.

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Alda-Kavli Learning Center

The Alda-Kavli Learning Center at Stonybrook University offers scientists and communications trainers online learning experiences and resources to enhance how they communicate and engage with the public.

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We support initiatives and pursue partnerships that strengthen the relationship between science and society.

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