But are UK universities running the risk of institutionalising public engagement?
Scientists have a lot to contribute – and a lot to lose.
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The scientific community enjoys one of the highest levels of trust among American institutions. But engaging in the political arena during a contentious election season comes with dangers.
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Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
Science communication puts research under the microscope.
Science communication has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 60 years. It plays a crucial role in democratising science and making it less mysterious.
How many of these do you find in history books?
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Scientists themselves may be the key to finding the right balance.
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The public loses when their only choices are inaccessible, impenetrable journal articles or overhyped click-bait about science. Scientists themselves need to step up and help bridge the divide.
What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public?
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students.
Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
Should professors engage with the lay public?
Two scholars discuss the joys of writing for a lay audience. So why aren’t more academics writing for the public?
Competing to explain science.
The president of one of the country's leading research university systems argues that the academic community has to make sure researchers and scientists engage with the general public.
The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
But who will come out to talk with the public?
Universities may be facing a crisis of relevance but a growing number of academics are tackling this issue head on.
Science has come a long way, it’s time for communication to catch up.
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Bored with science.
Surveys on public attitudes to science regularly tell us that there are swathes of the public that simply seem to not care about science, despite our best effort to engage them. But perhaps the issue is…
As CSG development races ahead in Queensland and NSW, even supporters want to make sure the industry is safe and well-regulated.
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Bureaucracy is stymieing academic engagement.
The idea that universities should return to their “core business” of teaching and research has become a favourite mantra of vice chancellors. It is reinforced by increasing evaluations imposed by Canberra…