Among Scientists, More Consensus for Public Engagement. But What’s the End Goal?

For some years now, voices in the scientific and journalism communities have been asking scientists to expend more energy reaching out to the public.

The contention that scientists communicate poorly with non-academics isn’t new. But judging anecdotally by the frequency the message now appears in print—and the high profile venues broaching the subject—there seems to be a consensus building that scientists need to do a better job engaging with those outside of their academic circles.

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