Public Engagement Event: Science in the Streets

The History of Science Society is proud to announce the next event in its History of Science Matters Initiative, in collaboration with the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science.

Two panels will explore innovative ways of connecting ordinary citizens with science, and how the history of science can inform an enrich these efforts.

Panel I: Science and Spectacle

Panel II: Crowdsourcing Science: Science by the People?

QUESTIONS TO BE EXPLORED INCLUDE: What are some of the new creative initiatives to engage the public in science? Do these initiatives have a historical precedent? How has the relationship between “science” and “the public” changed over time? Why do citizens become involved in crowdsourcing? Is crowdsourcing a democratization of science or exploitative? What are the goals of engaging the public in science? How can historians of science contribute to efforts in public engagement?

This event is free to all.

Travel Information

Mass transit: The closest stop on the MTA system is the World Trade Center stop on the Silver Line. After disembarking, take the stairs up to the bridge; the Westin and BCEC are a 5-10 minute walk across the bridge.

Parking: Parking at the lot between the Westin Boston Waterfront and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center can be done via valet (at the Westin) or self-parking. Rates are:

Valet Parking

Self Parking

0 - 1 hour: $24

0 -1 hour: $12

1 - 3 hours: $36

1 - 2 hours: $21

3 - 24 hours: $45

2 - 3 hours: $26


3 - 24 hours: $35


Other parking options can be found using and searching in the "Seaport District."




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