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Planning engagement activities for science festivals

By Elly Zimmer, Ph.D.

Science engagement at festivals can be very valuable in reaching large and diverse audiences.

Social and cognitive sciences are rarely represented at such festivals, unlike the more well-known physical sciences (e.g., astronomy, chemistry). Thus, this commentary has two main goals.
  • First, it is an exhortation for scientists from smaller or less well-known fields to participate in festivals in order to increase public appreciation of the breadth of scientific study. 
  • Second, we offer practical advice on how to design and run festival activities for scientists who are interested in participating in festivals.
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