Many NISE Network public engagement activities try to provide opportunities for conversations and consideration of the relationship between science, technology, and society. Emerging science and technology offer the promise of new discoveries that may dramatically improve our lives and bring great advances in applications as diverse as medicine, energy, and materials. At the same time, emerging science and technology may also have potential negative impacts that touch on a broad range of societal concerns—environmental pollution, toxicity, equity, and privacy violations. In academia this field is often referred to as Society and Ethical Implications (SEI) or Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI).
Below are examples of NISE Network public engagement activities and professional learning resources that focus on societal aspects of science and technology.