Engaging the Public

As we are an explicitly regional division of AAAS, a large multi-national and highly respected poly-scientific organization, we are, in principle, in a unique position to use our local grass-roots foundation to  increase the regional and local impact of science.   Most scientific meetings come to a community, enjoy the local culture, have their meeting and then depart with few within the community even aware that they were there. As a science advocacy organization and especially as one that is regionally focused, we are perhaps in a unique position to instead have real and lasting local impact. In order to do so, we explicitly work with local organizations and individuals to identify science-related issues of explicit local importance and then seek in our meeting to combine the voices of local individuals with those of scientists around the world with expertise and experience in those issues.