The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology hosts the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science.
Each year, 15 AAAS Leshner Fellows are selected from disciplines at the nexus of an important science-society issue. They convene for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training and public engagement plan development. In addition to their individual plan, they are encouraged to consider collaborative projects with one or more other fellows to pursue over the course of the year. AAAS Leshner Fellows return to their institutions with a renewed commitment to develop and implement public engagement activities, train and mentor other scientists in their communities, and promote public engagement within their institutions.
Cohorts are issue-topical. The 2016-17 cohort topic was climate change; the 2017-2018 topic is infectious disease; and the 2018-2019 topic is food and water security.
The topic for the fourth cohort of AAAS Leshner Fellows is human enhancement. Applications will open in August 2018 for the 2019-2020 cohort.
Applicants to the Leshner Institute must be mid-career and have active research in the designated issue area. Learn more about the Fellowship here.
Questions about the program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.