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Enhancing Public Engagement in Science

Both scientists and the public can benefit from frequent and meaningful public engagement about the scientific process and new scientific findings. The Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences Initiative of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) provides leadership to the scientific community on public engagement in science.
 
The initiative focuses on two main goals: (1) raising awareness in the life sciences community about the importance of, and effective methods for, public engagement in science; and (2) building a community of practice and encouraging networks among life scientists, communication scientists, informal education experts, and science communicators to explore challenging issues that may be unique to the life sciences and develop informed public engagement strategies.
 
The initiative also offers an internships program that provides real-world experiences in science communication, science journalism, and science policy for undergraduate and graduate level students. Explore internship opportunities here.