Forums provide opportunities for thoughtful consideration of the relationship between science, technology, and society. Older youth and adults participate in one- to two-hour facilitated discussions that promote exploration and foster dialogue and deliberation.
Risks, Benefits and Who Decides?
In this forum, learners discuss the strengths and weaknesses of three options, raise questions about the societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology to a panel of experts, and work in small groups to form a group recommendation drawing from the options presented.
Nanomedicine in Healthcare Forum
In this forum, learners explore nanotechnology-enabled medical technologies and their potential to transform health care, while considering the societal, ethical, environmental and economic impacts of this emerging technology.
Science Cafe Guide
Professional development guide for educators on hosting an event that brings scientists and the public together in an informal setting.
Public Forums Manual
Training guide for planning and holding public forum events.
"Should We Engineer the Mosquito?" Forum
Building with Biology public forum where participants discuss whether the mosquito should be genetically engineered.
Should We Edit the Genome? forum
Building with Biology public forum where participants discuss CRISPR technology used to precisely edit DNA, and if we should.
Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome forum
Building with Biology public forum where participants discuss the future of human genome editing and its societal implications.
Imagine Our Community 2100
In this activity, learners are lead through a discussion-based activity and are encouraged to imagine their community 80 years into the future using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Women's Rights and Sustainability
In this activity, learners will use a set of issues and character cards to consider the importance of women’s rights to sustainability in a guided conversation format.
Climate Hazard Resilience Forum: Drought
In this interactive forum program participants will discuss the social, economic, and environmental impacts of drought in facilitated groups.