Programs and Activities

This website is no longer regularly updated. Please visit National Academies Press website for the most recent NASEM reports and workshop summaries on public engagement and science communication.

Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academies

The Koshand Science Museum focuses on engaging the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives.  State-of-the-art exhibits, public events, and educational programs  provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Information about  the museum’s exhibits and activities are available on its website.
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Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia address scientific topics of broad and current interest that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Each year, three to four colloquia are scheduled, typically two days in length and international in scope. Information about two colloquia focused on the science of science communication are provided in the links below.
The Science of Science Communication (2012)
The Science of Science Communication II (2013)

Cultural Programs of the National Academies (CPNAS)

A diverse set of activities that explore the intersections among the arts, science, medicine, engineering, and popular culture.
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Distinctive Voices

Presentation series that highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in an exciting and engaging public forum.
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Engineers, How are You Changing the Conversation?

A website to promote broad implementation by the engineering community of the findings and recommendations presented in the 2008 NAE report, Changing the Conversation:  Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering.
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Keck Futures Initiative, Communications Awards

These awards are designed to recognize, promote, and encourage effective communication of science, engineering, medicine, and interdisciplinary work within and beyond the scientific community.
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Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program

Selects, prepares, and supports a team of science and engineering ambassadors—beginning with the topic of energy—to work in their local communities to improve the public understanding of and engagement with energy-related issues, while also providing opportunities for scientists and engineers to interact with members of their community.
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The Science & Entertainment Exchange

Connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming.
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