By Grant Jacobs 29/01/2016

The Royal Society is inviting feedback on draft guidelines for researchers engage with the public. This work is part of A Nation of Curious Minds He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara; A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society. (PDF file)

A series of consultation meetings are to be held through the country from February 5th (at Dunedin) until March 9th (Christchurch/Lincoln). Details of these are on the Royal Society page announcing draft guidelines.

Bookings for these events can be made on via the website as they come available. (At the time of writing only booking for the Dunedin event is open.)

The consultation is laid out in two documents,

Consultation draft: Researcher guidelines for public engagement (PDF file, 162 kB)


Background note: Researcher guidelines for public engagement (PDF file, 386 kB)

I hope to read these over the weekend and hopefully bring my thoughts to these pages. For now, I’d encourage readers to download the discussion documents and offer their thoughts.


The cover image is from the author’s personal collection (copyright retained), taken during a science communication event in Maribor, Slovenia in 2012. You can read about it in Science communication – they’re doing it in Maribor, Slovenia, too.

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Science communication – they’re doing it in Maribor, Slovenia, too

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