The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement: An exploratory initiative of MIT & Culture Kettle
This report presents the findings of a two-day invitational workshop held at MIT on September 23–24, 2013 as part of the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement Initiative, an ongoing collaboration between a new nonprofit organization, Culture Kettle, and several MIT departments led by the Program in Science, Technology & Society and the MIT Museum. The initiative explores a new wave of public science engagement activity that appears to be dissolving the once-bright line between science and popular culture. Its goals are to:
- Generate greater understanding of how science engagement is changing in contemporary society;
- Analyze and compare the operating assumptions, strategies, and sensibilities of some of the most innovative science engagement programs across settings and media;
- On the basis of that new understanding and analysis, explore what the science engagement field can do to extend and diversify the public connection with science;
- Identify gaps in our knowledge about the landscape of public science experiences and develop a research and experimentation agenda aimed at generating useful insights and advancing science engagement in contemporary culture;
- Create a new, multidisciplinary network of science engagement practitioners and researchers from professional communities that do not usually collaborate;
- Inform the work of specific science engagement and research initiatives underway in the US and elsewhere.