Scientific researchers can take on many roles and responsibilities for how the new knowledge generated from their work impacts society. They may serve as expert advisors, educators, mentors, communicators, or advocates, and interact with a wide range of audiences – government officials, policy makers, business leaders, colleagues, teachers, students, and the general public.

Resources in this section will address:

  • What are the responsibilities of researchers to society?
  • How do scientific researchers express their responsibilities to society?
  • How can researchers help the public understand complex or controversial scientific issues?
  • What is public engagement? Why is it important?
  • How do political influences impact research funding, conduct, and publication?
  • What are the security concerns of dual use research?