Science on Tap: Effective Public Engagement or Preaching to the Choir

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Abstract

The goal of Science Cafés and Science on Taps is to encourage open discourse between scientists and the public in a casual setting (e.g., a bar) in order to improve the public understanding of and trust in science. These events have existed for over two decades, but there is no research studying their efficacy. Data presented here demonstrate that a yearlong Science on Tap series induced little change in the attendees of attitudes, emotions, and knowledge about the nature of science. Ultimately, we found this event may be preaching to the choir rather than changing hearts and minds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19 pps
JournalJournal of Science Communication
StatePublished - Feb 2020

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