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In the twenty-first century, science will continue to have a profound influence on people’s daily lives and well-being. People’s attitudes toward science and the ways in which they engage with scientific content will impact everything from their curiosity about scientific discoveries to evidence-informed decision-making to their desire to participate in science. The three publications from the Public Face of Science Initiative have highlighted a breadth of critical resources, including public opinion polling, academic literature, databases, institutions, professional organizations, programs, and experts that show we are not starting from a deficit in this space. We are at a moment in time when the enthusiasm and support for science communication and engagement can be harnessed for greater impact through widescale efforts to build capacity. The goals and priority areas in this report offer a starting point for long-term action.