Public Science

The College of Sciences is committed to creating a culture of public engagement in science. We’re expanding the land-grant legacy of NC State by helping our researchers and students connect their science to diverse public audiences.

What Is Public Science?

Science is a way of knowing and investigating the world. Public science is the approach we use to connect people to science and scientists. It’s how we engage the public in the process and outcomes of our research.

We do public science in many different ways: from citizen science, where the public partners directly with scientists to conduct real research, to large-scale festivals celebrating science — and everything in between.

Our goal is twofold. By making science more accessible to non-scientists, we aim to prepare communities to address society’s grand challenges. We also want to prepare the next generation of researchers with the skills and professional responsibility to engage public audiences.


Seeking Public Scientists

Communicating the scientific process and not just scientific results to the public is more important than it’s ever been. The College of Sciences, in cooperation with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Resources and the College of Education, is growing NC State’s expertise in citizen science and science communication through the Leadership in Public Science Cluster Hire.

New faculty recruited to NC State through the Public Science Cluster will be responsible for engaging the public in the process of science and preparing current and future generations of scientists to communicate their work to public audiences in clear, understandable and actionable terms.

Our cluster aims to conduct research that directly engages the public, particularly those in underserved communities, in citizen science research and to study the impact and success of public participation in science, particularly in informal educational settings.