The roles and responsibilities of researchers extend beyond the scientific community. Researchers may inspire young scientists through school or community initiatives; communicate new scientific results in lay language; engage the public in discussions on complex scientific issues; or serve as an expert advisor to policy makers at all levels of government.

Check out these selected resources to learn more about the many ways that researchers connect with society.

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers on-line, print, and in-person workshops to help researchers communicate more broadly with the public. Online topics include: Communication Basics, Working with Reporters, and Public Outreach.

How Scientists Can Influence Policy by Elisabeth Pain in Science Careers, February 16, 2014, provides guidance and resources for how scientists can become involved in public policy decisions.

Talking to the Public About Risk by Tania Rabesandratana in Science Careers, October 15, 2014, discusses the professional responsibilities of scientists when communicating risk.

The Social Responsibilities of Scientists by Elisabeth Pain in Science Careers, February 16, 2013, summarizes several key messages provided by Mark Frankel, director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sigma XI: The Scientific Research Society offers print and online resources to increase public engagement in science.

USA Science and Engineering Festival is a nationwide event designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

National Institutes of Health Office of Biotechnology Activities – Dual Use Research of Concern provides a video and resources on dual use research.


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