The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology manages the Leshner Leadership Institute. Each year, 15 Public Engagement Fellows are selected from disciplines at the nexus of an important science-society issue. They convene for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and public engagement plan development. Fellows return to their institutions with a renewed commitment to develop and implement public engagement activities, a forum for training other scientists in their communities, and increased capacity for public engagement leadership. The 15 fellows for 2016-2017 have been selected!
For the purposes of the Institute, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society.
Infectious Disease is the topic for the 2017-2018 cohort of Public Engagement Fellows. Beyond 2016, AAAS and the Leshner Leadership Institute advisors will select other areas of science, with an eye toward topics that have a strong science-society component and sufficient scholarship in related communication research.