Public Engagement at Research Institutes in the Netherlands: Fertile Territory or Terra Nullius?

Pedro Russo, Robert Bergsvik, Julia Cramer, Anne Kerkhoven, Selina Van Den Oever

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureHoofdstukpeer review


The Netherlands has more than seven decades of specific policies and programmes in science communication. Since the 1950s, public communication of science and technology has been the main strategy of the Dutch government for bridging gaps between science and society. In the Dutch research landscape, there are different stakeholders involved in public engagement with science activities, such as science museums, media, not-for-profit organisations and universities. For this study, we focused on public engagement activities at the research institute (RI) level. We surveyed 821 institutes and, based on a response rate of 14.3%, the data suggest that the Dutch RIs host an active and fertile research community in terms of public communication of science. This study also provides evidence that RIs with specific public engagement plans perform better than RIs without them. However, this study also highlights large differences between the science communication policy setting in the Dutch Research Agenda and policy implementation at RI levels and indicates a need for a clarification in terms coordination and responsibility for institutional public engagement implementation.

Originele taal-2Engels
TitelPublic Communication of Research Universities
Subtitel'Arms Race' for Visibility or Science Substance?
UitgeverijTaylor and Francis
Aantal pagina's15
ISBN van elektronische versie9781000580549
ISBN van geprinte versie9780367461355
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 jan. 2022


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