The Public Face of Science
The Public Face of Science is dedicated to exploring the complex and evolving relationship between scientists and the public. This three-year project engages the expertise of a broad range of leaders in communication, law, humanities, the arts, journalism, public affairs, and the physical, social, and life sciences.
The Academy undertook the Public Face of Science initiative to explore and improve the connection between science and society in America. The project produced a trio of publications to respond to three core inquiries:
- What do Americans think of science?
- Perceptions of Science in America issued in 2018
- Where do Americans experience science?
- Encountering Science in America issued in 2019
- How can science be better connected to the public?
The COVID-19 crisis makes this work exceptionally timely. A recent statement about the implications of COVID-19 and this project - issued by Richard A. Meserve, the Chair of this project, and Academy president David Oxtoby - highlights the inextricable connection between understanding science and ensuring a society’s well-being and, even, survival.
Additional publications from the project highlight public science perspectives around the world, advice for managing science during crisis, and an issue of Daedalus (the journal of the Academy) dedicated to science and the law.
The research and recommendations of the project are rooted in the recognition that improving science communication and engagement will strengthen the complex and evolving relationship between scientists and society, which is more important than ever. The Chair and Steering Committee benefited from a broad array of experts who participated in workshops and discussion groups at the beginning of the initiative and whose input guided the work.