Science and Society

For science to benefit humanity, we must support more than research itself. The Kavli Foundation is committed to ensuring the people, processes and products of science contribute meaningfully to society.

Science and Society Discussion Series:

Public Engagement with Science

The Kavli Foundation is excited to announce its new discussion series exploring the complex relationship between science and society. Through the Science and Society Discussion Series, we will foster a community where you can connect with and learn from your colleagues at other Kavli Institutes, as well as experts, about topics spanning science communication and public engagement.

This series is open to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff anyone affiliated with a Kavli Institute is invited to join.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Public Engagement with Science:

Connections between Research and Practice

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 8AM PDT / 11AM EDT

Our opening webinar: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Public Engagement with Science: Connections between Research and Practice, will take a critical look at how public engagement does—and does not—uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leading public engagement with science expert Jeanne Garbarino, from RockEDU Science Outreach at The Rockefeller University, will moderate this discussion. Our expert panel will combine personal experiences with evidence-based theory and provide insights on achieving success in your public engagement practice.

The desire to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science often manifests as public engagement. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, we must ask: How do we know if our engagement efforts actually impact DEI in a positive way?

In this kickoff event for the Kavli Foundation’s new Science and Society Discussion Series, we will examine the synergies and conflicts between science engagement research and practice through a pragmatic lens. Aligning scientific research priorities with other valued academic activities, such as science engagement, is a balancing act. We will provide thoughtful insights as well as practical takeaways that can be applied to your public engagement practices.

 Jeanne Garbarino, PhD


Director of RockEDU Science Outreach, The Rockefeller University

Angela Calabrese Barton, PhD


Professor, The Learning Sciences and Science Education, University of Michigan

Rick Crouse, PhD


Postdoctoral fellow, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University; Science Haven Lead

Matt Bothwell, PhD


Public Astronomer, Institute of Astronomy/Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge

Additional Events, Discussions, and Resources:

SciPEP Conference

Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science

SciPEP convened a virtual conference exploring the unique characteristics of the relationship between the public and basic research, drawing from the experience and expertise of our colleagues in the science and science communication communities.

Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science explored why the public and basic science should be connected and what current communication and engagement efforts are taking place, including the challenges and opportunities in this work.

Recordings of all plenary and parallel sessions can be viewed on the SciPEP YouTube page.

Missing in Action:

Communication and Public Engagement Scholarship on Basic Science

Science of science communication experts John Besley of Michigan State University and Todd Newman of University of Wisconsin-Madison, together with their research teams, discussed the scope and scale of scholarship about communication and public engagement for basic science.

Watch this thought-provoking SciPEP pre-conference webinar here.