Public culture as professional science
The findings of the ScoPE project confirm the significance of a major shift or ‘sea change’ in professional scientific culture toward an endorsement of, and participation in, public engagement as a key component of scientific research and innovation. More firmly than in the past, public engagement emerges from the interview data as a matter of professional scientific commitment and as a valuable part of the everyday practice of professional science. Indeed, on the basis of the ScoPE interviews, public engagement skills are increasingly seen by scientists to be as important to a successful scientific career as scientific, clinical and teaching skills.
knowledgeable and capable public, in both specific and general contexts, and were depicted as active knowledge-seekers who could improve the professional practice of medical scientists through dialogue such as that undertaken at the clinical interface.
Full report here: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/20016/1/ScoPE_report_-_09_10_09_FINAL.pdf ;