Science and Society Executive Committee

Science and Society Section Newsletter: June 2021

By Christopher Hyun posted 06-18-2021 20:38


Student Spotlights

Are you a student (or know a student) involved in exciting work at the interface of science and society? Would you like to share these experiences and insights with the broader AGU community? If so, let us know! Science and Society wants to feature student members' work on its webpage. Fill out the form and we'll be in touch!

Tracks and (coming soon!) Fall Meeting Preparations

Abstract submissions for the AGU Fall Meeting will soon open, and we hope you’ll consider submitting an abstract to one of the sessions within the Science and SocietY (SY) Section.

So what kind of work falls within the purview of SY?

SY aims to create a welcoming community for artists, communicators, policymakers, scientists, community members, and other decision-makers so that scientific discoveries and solutions can benefit humanity. While SY indeed encompasses many diverse fields and spaces, we are currently organized under the following five “tracks.”

SCIENCE POLICY: There is growing recognition that scientists and science advocates have a critical role to play in policy- and decision-making at all levels of government. Our Science Policy track examines how science and policy influence, interact, and engage with each other, and highlights a variety of work occurring at the interface of science and public policy.

COMMUNITY & CITIZEN SCIENCE (CCS): In community science, scientists and communities do science together to advance community priorities. Citizen science, similarly, engages the public to collaborate with scientists to assist in research and monitoring, from local to global investigations. The Community and Citizen science track promotes and shares innovative and effective CCS practices, and advances scholarship that examines and reflects on CCS approaches.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Science communication includes the efforts of natural, physical, and social scientists, communications professionals, and teams that communicate the process and values of science and scientific findings to non-specialist audiences outside of formal educational settings. The Science Communication track shares leading practices on effective communication strategies for a variety of audiences.

ART & SCIENCE: Scientific and artistic endeavors are both used to explore and understand the world around us. Artistic techniques can help scientists visualize data and communicate results to other scientists as well as non-scientists. Art plays an increasingly important role in science education in both informal and formal environments. The Art and Science track highlights these inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches that integrate the arts and sciences, to improve the connections between science and society.

SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Social and behavioral sciences can help us understand how people and institutions think, feel, and behave with respect to scientific knowledge. Insights from varied fields (including but not limited to anthropology, economics, history, political science, decision science, psychology, education, and sociology) and from non-academic communities, can help to forge stronger linkages between science and society. This track promotes research and practice from these fields, and aims to serve as a bridge between social sciences and other disciplines in geosciences.

We are excited to have 40+ engaging proposed SY sessions this year, many of which align with these tracks. A big thank you to those who have proposed a session. Please consider sharing your research at one of these. For more information about the specific tracks please feel free to reach out to our SY track leads.