In a way Ham Radio has always been related fairly closely to science. Ham's are experimenting with radio waves so exept for the approach and the more formal organisation of the science world, Ham's are a kind of scientists by themselves.
But there's more as these two worlds don't live completely separated from each other. Many scientists are als Ham's but also some hams are doing research that is actually pretty close to the same work scientists are doing.
Recently I've learned about something calles "HAMSCI" short for "Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation".