Mónica Ramirez-Andreotta, University of Arizona Superfund Research Center (UA SRC) Research Translation Core Director and winner of the 2019 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, participated in a panel discussion at the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Seattle from February 13 to 16, 2020.
The AAAS Communicating Science Seminar had two sessions that brought together approximately 350 scientists, professional science communicators, students and others interested in bridging science and society.
Ramirez-Andreotta presented “Seeing Yourself in the Data: Knowledge/Cultural Brokers in Participatory Research.” For this presentation, she showcased two participatory research projects that investigated pollution in water and soil to show how she engaged diverse groups of people at different stages.
“People will participate if the research aligns with community-identified needs,” she said. The materials and ways of reaching people and gathering their data must also align with their needs. This means that submitting data online, for example, is sometimes less successful than providing worksheets people can mail in.