Overcoming the barriers to greater public engagement

PLoS Biol. 2014 Jan;12(1):e1001761. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001761. Epub 2014 Jan 14.


Integrating science communication training into an undergraduate research project encourages greater academic involvement in public engagement, maximizes audience size, and provides high-quality research data.

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation / methods*
  • Community Participation / psychology
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Education, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Science / education*
  • United Kingdom

Grant support

The project was part-funded by a University of Nottingham Cascade Grant designed to enhance the skills, confidence, social awareness and employability of students, while making a significant impact on communities. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.