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.