Public Forums Manual

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    Public Forums Manual

Public forums offer participants the opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversations about important issues regarding the potential societal and ethical implications of topics in current science, technology, and engineering. They provide a way for people with diverse views and backgrounds to deliberate on difficult issues and to seek a more comprehensive understanding of the topics. The purpose of this manual is to provide information on how to engage members of the public in thoughtful conversations about these important issues. A guide to creating informal public conversations about Nanoscience (2010). Building with Biology forum manual (2016).


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Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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Museum of Science, Boston


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