Public Engagement at the Center

We design, research and evaluate public engagement with science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (Appalachian Laboratory). The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) defines public engagement with science as “intentional meaningful interactions that provide mutual learning between scientists and their public.” We support and study meaningful exchanges that support mutual learning between and among all types of educators and public audiences.

Our current work focuses on five themes:

  • Public and community engagement with science and scientists
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Educator and scientist professional development
  • Participatory science
  • Integration of science practices and technology in learning environments


Public Engagement at the Center team

(Ph.D.), PES@AL director and tenured researcher





Jenna Linhart (M.S.), Science Education Specialist