Researchers will struggle to meet universities' expectations of engagement beyond academia until this work is better recognised as part of their duties.
Having to do engagement and impact assessments may feel like the last straw for weary and time-poor academics. But thinking about these things can underpin research excellence.
Engagement and impact will be part of research performance assessment starting in 2018, signalling a shift in what kind of research we value and why.
Funding for research in Australia could soon depend on how much researchers engage with others who could benefit from and help out with the work.
The impact of plant disease may be reduced if people are made aware of the many pathways for plant-killing microbes -- and why preventing their spread matters to us all.
Engagement is not impact, and simple measures such as non-government research income tell us very little about genuine external engagement between universities and industry.