Portal to the Public
Portal to the Public is a program designed to help Informal Science Education (ISE) institutions bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions. The program framework has been implemented at diverse institutions that form the Portal to the Public Network. The NSF-funded Portal to the Public Network Expansion Project fosters a larger, more diverse community of practitioners and creates a broad, living network of ideas and strategies for scientist-and-public engagement in a range of informal science settings including zoos, aquariums and nature centers. The Portal to the Public Network is currently expanding, and would like to connect with new institutions and other ISE networks.
In summer 2013, the Portal to the Public Network, with funding from the National Science Foundation, made available a limited number of small, one-time awards to PoPNet institutions that applied and met eligibility and application requirements. These awards support initiatives by PoPNet partners to develop resources and strategies to engage their local audience in face-to-face dialogue with scientists. Priority was given to those initiatives that represented an increase or expansion in PoPNet activities the organization currently offers, to development of new approaches, or to expanding and strengthening the Network. Read more about these projects here.
Mini-Grant Recipient Expedition to the Arctic
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science recently expanded their Portal to the Public (PoP) implementation to the global scale, including more than 20 scientists from 11 countries, as well as the public from 89 countries on six continents. Accepting an invitation to lead outreach efforts for a climate research expedition to the arctic, the goal was to create an opportunity for the public to interact with real scientists, in real time, on a real expedition, through social media. Learn More