Public engagement with science involves more than simply scientists explaining scientific facts to the public. Approaches to public engagement must address complex issues like trust in science, political polarization, and understanding science’s methods and social structure.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together academics and practitioners to develop theoretical and practical resources for public outreach and engagement about science. The aims are to (1) develop connections between philosophy of science and other disciplines with expertise in public engagement and (2) identify and help develop distinctive roles for philosophers of science in the interdisciplinary project of engaging the public with science.

Workshop themes

(1)  Science communication: public-facing events, writing, and social media

(2)  Science education: engaging with students and educators about science

(3)  Informal science education: science encounters for all ages in settings such as museums, zoos, and libraries

(4)  Scientific work with communities: research with public participation, such as citizen science and community-based research

This is a project of the University of Cincinnati Center for Public Engagement with Science, sponsored by the National Science Foundation* and cosponsored by the University of Cincinnati Taft Research Center, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, and Philosophy of Science Association