EvalFest and Encountering Science in America

EvalFest and Encountering Science in America

In 2017 the EvalFest team was invited to attend a meeting hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to help inform their Public Face of Science Initiative . The meeting was attended by a blend of researchers from science communication and informal STEM...
Who’s Missing from Our Festivals?

Who’s Missing from Our Festivals?

EvalFest has collected over 10,000 survey responses (and counting!) from science festival attendees at 25 partner sites across the US over the last four years. This left us asking a question: who isn’t attending these events and what can we find out about them? This...
Does the Messenger Matter?

Does the Messenger Matter?

Although there are increasing calls for scientists and engineers to participate in public engagement activities, little is known about the efficacy of these efforts. Science festivals, and in particular science festival expos, have emerged as popular opportunities for...
Are Science Festivals Good for the Environment?

Are Science Festivals Good for the Environment?

Are science festivals good (or bad) for the environment? Three science festivals from across the EvalFest network have come together for a mini-grant project, led by the UK’s Festival of Nature, to explore how science festivals can evaluate their environmental impact...