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 by: (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 Public Interfaces Initiative focuses its activities on those for which the NAS has a unique position or special capability, and strives to achieve two interrelated goals:
- Bridge communities. Through the The Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences leaders from federal agencies, the business community, media, non-profit, and academic sectors and other organizations active in the life sciences and public engagement explore challenges and opportunities for public communication in the life sciences through a series of public meetings and workshops.
- Build consensus. Advice to the scientific community can be provided through formal consensus studies. Potential studies could address the role and value of science communication to strengthen interfaces between life sciences and the public, develop frameworks for effective life science communication infrastructure, and other related topics.
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The Public Interfaces Initiative is overseen by the Division of Earth and Life Studies (DELS), and involves the DELS Board on Life Sciences and the Board on Science Education of the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.