The Civic Scientist Program aims to increase the engagement of scientists and engineers with society to increase knowledge as well as interest in science.

The Civic Scientist Program at the Baker Institute is based on the premise that a more informed and engaged public will lead to improved science policy in both the private and public sector. Neal Lane, senior fellow for Science and Technology Policy and former director of the National Science Foundation and science advisor to President Clinton, describes the civic scientist as "someone who uses his or her knowledge, accomplishments and skills to help bridge the gap between science and society."

The program is composed of three separate but complementing initiatives:

The Civic Scientist Program is managed by the Science and Technology Policy Program at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.


  • Lecture — Future Humans by Scott Solomon
    Scott Solomon, Ph.D., professor in the practice in Rice University’s Department of BioSciences, will present a review of the latest evidence of human evolution in modern times and launch his first book, "Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution" at this special lecture at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute's Civic Scientist Program.