Adding the Citizen Voice at AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

This week I joined colleagues in the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) Network on a panel called “Adding the Citizen Voice: Participatory Socio-Scientific Policymaking” in Boston at the annual AAAS meeting. This was a panel of practitioners representing international and U.S. perspectives who presented motivations, methods, tools, and results from specific local, national, and global citizen consultations held on issues  such as climate and energy policy, asteroid detection and defense, and nuclear waste siting. After the presentation we got to hear from attendees who brainstormed and recommend strategies, challenges, and opportunities for increasing the citizen voice in socio-scientific policymaking.