Looking for something to do for 2009?
Year of Science 2009 is all about celebrating science and that celebration can take many forms. If you are looking for something new to add to your activities, try some of these:
Start your own Science Café — Described as “a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology,” these cafes provide a forum for engaging the public in science. Held in cafes, bars, or restaurants, informal presentations lead to high energy discussions. Learn more about starting your own cafe.
Science and the humanities — Encourage collaboration with the arts and humanities community in your area to raise awareness of science. Organize a Science Night at the Improv, an art exhibit, or stage performance that focuses on artistic impressions of science.
Create a special event around science — These can be tailored for any setting and any purpose. Three examples to consider:
Hold a Career Fair — Take the opportunity to invite future scientists to your institution to learn about the diversity of careers available in science. Have them meet with young scientists and to hear about their pathways into science.
Consider a Citizen Science activity — Need more eyes to observe and hands to record? Involving the public in your science might be a win: win solution. There are several models to investigate. Just Google citizen science or take a look at these examples:
Develop and share Research Profiles — These web-based profiles highlight the science of individuals in an engaging manner for the general public. They can focus on how science is done and science as a human endeavor. Models to consider include those at:
Tips to Consider
Don’t do it alone! Find out what else is going on in your area and how you can combine resources to reach a broader audience and provide a richer experience.
Register your programs and events with COPUS so that others can learn from your experiences! And then explore the COPUS and Year of Science 2009 websites for other ideas.
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|The cognizant fiduciary body for the COPUS and Year of Science 2009 projects is the American Institute of Biological Sciences Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, and an independent, member-governed organization since the 1950s. Support for COPUS workshops by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. EAR-0606600, EAR-0628790, and EAR-0814048. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.|