Past CSPO Events
- June 15, 2018CSPO DC
The Festival of Science & Religion
A celebration of the ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create more meaning, understanding, and purpose in our world
A celebration of the ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create more meaning, understanding, and purpose in our world. This day-long festival offers guests the opportunity to explore compelling new stories and thought provoking ideas presented by writers, thinkers, skeptics, and believers from various disciplines and denominations in a series of events that will challenge and inspire. Come for an hour, come for the day. The Festival–set in the magical Mansion on O St., near Dupont Circle—will present new ways to understand and appreciate our complicated world.
- May 29, 2018CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy
The Transformative Impact of NASA’s User-Focused Data
- April 11, 2018CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy
Autonomous Vehicles: Keeping the Public in the Driver’s Seat
How citizen deliberations in the US and Europe can inform the future of this technology
In this talk, David Tomblin (University of Maryland, College Park), Mahmud Farooque (Arizona State University), and Jason Lloyd (Arizona State University) will discuss their recent project to explore community perspectives on the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving cars are a global phenomenon, and Europe has taken the lead on bringing citizen insights into the technology’s development. Yves Mathieu and Antoine Vergne from Missions Publiques in Paris will discuss the results of five simultaneous community forums held throughout France.
Yves Mathieu, Antoine Vergne, David Tomblin, Mahmud Farooque, Jason Lloyd
- March 16, 2018CSPO DC
How the Public Can Inform Science and Technology Policy
The Case of Planetary Defense
In 2014, CSPO led a pilot study to use participatory technology assessment (pTA)—a method for eliciting informed, deliberative, and diverse citizen views prior to making decisions about science and technology—to inform decisions at NASA about its Asteroid Initiative. This event will be a version of the NASA pTA forum that focuses on Planetary Defense with 50 representatives of the DC-area science policy community from government, NGOs, media, professional societies, and academic organizations.
- February 27, 2018CSPO Conversations
Debunking the “War on Coal”
Launch event for the Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology
Join us for the launch of the Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology!
Charles Herrick and Ana Unruh Cohen will discuss how US greenhouse gas regulations affect the coal industry and other energy sectors. They will look at what other factors have led to a decline in the country’s coal use, and how these forces might shape US energy production in the future.
Please join us as these experts explore past and present environmental regulations in the United States, and what the current situation could mean for the future.
Charles Herrick, Ana Unruh Cohen
- November 07, 2017
- October 13, 2017CSPO DC
Science & Religion—Exploring the Harmonies
A Media Perspective with Writers and Editors from The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard
Science and religion co-exist in our world in many complex, interesting, and productive ways beyond the caricature of conflict and contradiction. Join us for readings, conversations, and the launch of “Science and Religion: Exploring the Harmonies”—the special fall issues of Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology magazines.
- July 18, 2017CSPO Conversations
Make America Innovate Again
Launch event for the Summer 2017 Issues in Science and Technology
Join us for the launch of the Summer 2017 Issues in Science and Technology!
Richard Van Atta, an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, will discuss what we can learn from the Defense Department and DARPA—about effective partnerships, priorities, and policymaking—in advancing innovation in a variety of essential fields. By partnering with private industry and academia on mission-driven goals, DARPA pioneered some of today’s most vital technologies, including the internet, GPS, and autonomous vehicles.
Richard Van Atta, Joel Garreau