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Gwen Ottinger, PhD, to Co-host NSF-funded Workshop on Civic Science

September 29, 2014


Gwen Ottinger, PhD

New faculty member Gwen Ottinger, PhD, will co-host a National Science Foundation workshop on Civic Science next month in Washington, D.C.

Civic science addresses the most important, intractable challenges of our age—including health care, education, and the environment—through transdisciplinary, participatory research that advances knowledge and democracy simultaneously.

On October 2 and 3, academics, foundation and non-profit leaders, and high-level policy makers will convene in Washington, D.C. to advance “civic science.” The two-day workshop will develop the theory of civic science, explore best practices, and identify structural impediments to this transformative new approach to science.

The workshop is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, and Society program

To learn more about civic science and the upcoming workshop, please visit:

Gwen Ottinger, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society. Professor Ottinger joins us from University of California, Berkeley, where she completed work on energy and resources. Professor Ottinger conducts research on technologies used to measure air toxicity and the ethical claims associated with this new technology, working at the crossroads of science technology and environmental justice.