- Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:59
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From PSCI-COM - A list to provide a forum for discussion of any matter relating to public communication of science and public engagement with science – based in UK:
Patrick Middleton (of BBSRC, one of 7 UK Research Councils) draw together examples, anecdotes and evidence of what researchers get out of doing public engagement. If you have any examples please let him know and he’ll post them on the growing list here: http://www.scoop.it/t/public-engagement-why-bother
The case studies in RCUK’s ‘What’s in it for me? The benefits of public engagement for researchers’ Guide are good examples. http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/scisoc/RCUKBenefitsofPE.pdf
The first is published research conducted for the ISOTOPE (Informing Science Outreach and Public Engagement) action research project (funded by NESTA). The first phase of this project involved research with scientists at various stages in their careers (and other science communicators) and identified the patterns of motivation and perceived benefits of involvement in public engagement activities. The results of this research are published in an Oxford University Press book: Holliman, R. and Jensen, E. (2009). (In)authentic science and (im)partial publics: (re)constructing the science outreach and public engagement agenda, in Holliman, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas, J. (eds.) Investigating science communication in the information age: Implications for public engagement and popular media. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
The results are also summarised in the freely available published final report on the project: http://isotope.open.ac.uk/?q=node/565