Faith communities are important partners in achieving far-reaching and bi-directional public engagement in response to rapid innovations in genetics. Most of the American public identifies as religious or spiritual. This can be a core element of personal and community identity, and informs people’s perspectives on science and technology topics, including ideas about genes, gene-editing, and what it means to be human. Moreover, religious leaders are often on the frontlines when people look for counsel and guidance about health and family-planning. Conversely, bridging the conversation between faith and genetics communities can play a valuable role in (1) informing how scientists approach the development and application of genetic tools and (2) influence the language scientists use to talk about genetics, so they are more welcoming of people from a variety of faith traditions and cultural backgrounds.
Join pgEd for a short interactive workshop by our colleague, Dr. Rob O’Malley, project director for the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. In this workshop, attendees will:
Learn how culture, including religion and spirituality, are important considerations for inclusive public engagement with science
Consider and discuss evidence-based best practices for science engagement
Apply the workshop content in an exercise with fellow attendees
Who should attend: Genetics or biology researchers or educators at any career stage, including students, postdocs, and faculty.
Closed captioning will be provided via Otter.ai.