The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religon (DoSER) announced six institutional partnerships across the U.S. as part of a new project — “Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue.”
The partnerships are with Stanford University, Texas State University, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Howard University. These schools were chosen through a competitive application process by an independent project advisory committee and AAAS staff, according to a press release.
The project will be a collaboration between DoSER and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology.
Science communication workshops and other activities will be done “to assist scientists interested in more effective science engagement” with diverse audiences. The goal is to help them develop strategies for “constructed and culturally competent” public science engagement on topics that intersect with faith and religion, according to an announcement from DoSER.
A number of meetings related to the project have already taken place. For instance, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in January, DoSER staff hosted Salman Hameed, director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies of Hampshire College as part of a workshop on Astronomy Engagement with Diverse Publics. The remarks were recorded and can be found here. DoSER director and astronomer Jennifer Wiseman also offered remarks.
This summer, DoSER plans on releasing a booklet series for scientists on constructive science dialogue with diverse publics — Scientists in Civic Life: Promoting a New Dialogue-Based Culture.
Also in the works is a recruitment effort for the DoSER Engaging Scientists Network, which is a resource intended to help us link scientists interested in science advocacy and engagement activities with religious institutional and faith communities across the US and around the world. Those interested may sign up at the DoSER Engaging Scientists Network website.