Science Center Public Forums: Facilitating Deliberative Conversations about Socio-scientific Issues

Friday, September 28, 2018: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Meeting Room 17 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
David Sittenfeld, Program Manager, Forum, Museum of Science
Larry Bell, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Science, Katie Todd, Research & Evaluation Associate, Museum of Science, Emily Hostetler, Forum Education Associate, Museum of Science and Marshall Wilson, Forum Fellow, Museum of Science

Science centers are reinventing themselves as community hubs for problem solving and civic engagement. Deliberative forum programs engage adult and teen audiences in substantive conversations about issues where science and society intersect. The morning session, aimed at newcomers to forum-style programming, will discuss motivations for hosting forums and share publicly available tools for producing them on a variety of socio-scientific issues, including a sample forum about self-driving cars. The afternoon session will cover the development, evaluation, and dissemination of the outcomes of forum programs. Participants will suggest topics for future forum programs, to be used in a culminating group design exercise. Preregistration required. Limited to 60 participants. Fee: $150 per person (includes breakfast and lunch).

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