2019 AISL PI Meeting Poster: Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science

February 11th, 2019 | RESEARCH

The is the poster presented at the 2019 AISL PI Meeting about a project that explored ways to create conversations between scientists and publics that both groups value and learn from. The content focus was the emerging field of synthetic biology and two methods were developed. Hands-on activities like those developed and distributed by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network were developed but with the twist that each activity was designed to stimulate a conversation about societal implications of various applications of synthetic biology. Scientists and science students were trained to facilitate the activities with public audiences and to engage them in one-on-one conversations. The second method uses involved longer (2-hour) dialogue programs or forums in which scientists and publics discussed specific application scenarios together at round tables after hearing short presentations by experts in the field. The conversations followed facilitation materials that prompted discussion of policy issues related to engineering mosquitos, other non-human genomes, and editing the human genome. Both scientists and publics reported gains from both kinds of engagement.



Team Members

Larry Bell, Principal Investigator, Museum of Science


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL, Cellular & Biochem Engineering, Systems and Synthetic Biology
Award Number: 1421179
Funding Amount: $2,288,713.00

Related URLs

Building with Biology: Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science - Synthetic Biology (Innovations in Development)


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Engineering | Life science | Technology
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Resource Centers and Networks