Are you headed to the Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting this week? If so, join PEWS for our workshop, “Pursuing Local Public Engagement as a Philosopher of Science,” organized by the PSA’s Outreach and Engagement Committee. This is the second workshop organized by the Outreach and Engagement Committee at PSA Meetings; the first focused on op-ed writing.

The workshop runs 9:00 am to 11:45 am on Thursday, November 10, and is open to all conference registrants.

The workshop begins with a panel discussion featuring case studies of local public engagement carried out by Evelyn Brister (Rochester Institute of Technology, past President of the Public Philosophy Network), Heather Douglas (Michigan State University, public engagement in science policy and decarbonization), Kristen Intemann (Montana State University, Director of MSU Center for Science, Technology, Ethics & Society), and Alison Wylie (University of British Columbia, community-based collaborative research in UBC’s Indigenous/Science research cluster). The discussion will be moderated by PEWS Associate Director (and PSA Outreach and Engagement Committee member) Melissa Jacquart.

After a coffee break, the workshop reconvenes at 10:15 am for a guided exercise in developing a local outreach project, led by Jacquart and PEWS Director Angela Potochnik. Participants will be provided with guidance for developing a local public engagement with science initiative, including goal-directed design and cultivating local partnerships. Each participant will have the opportunity to plan a new or expanded initiative in their local context, supported by small-group exchanges. Participants will leave the session with a plan for concrete steps to execute when they return home.

This workshop is the UC Center for Public Engagement with Science’s second workshop for academic researchers interested in expanding their public engagement activities. Two weeks ago, PEWS ran a similar workshop for an NSF-funded Research Collaboration Network of biologists, geologists and physicists.