Scientists who engage with society perform better academically
Source: Science and Public Policy, Volume 35, Number 7, August 2008 , pp. 527-541(15)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Most scientific institutions acknowledge the importance of opening the so-called ‘ivory tower’ of academic research through popularization, industrial collaboration or teaching. However, little is known about the actual openness of scientific institutions and how their proclaimed priorities translate into concrete measures. This paper gives an idea of some actual practices by studying three key points: the proportion of researchers who are active in wider dissemination, the academic productivity of these scientists, and the institutional recognition of their wider dissemination activities in terms of their careers. We analyze extensive data about the academic production, career recognition and teaching or public/industrial outreach of several thousand of scientists, from many disciplines, from France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. We find that, contrary to what is often suggested, scientists active in wider dissemination are also more active academically. However, their dissemination activities have almost no impact (positive or negative) on their careers.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institut des Systèmes Complexes Rhône-Alpes (IXXI), 5 rue du Vercors, 69007 Lyon, France, Laboratoire de Physique, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon - CNRS, 46 allée d'Italie, 69007 Lyon, France and Laboratoire d'Economie des Transports, Université Lyon 2 - CNRS, 14 av Berthelot, 69007 Lyon, France 2: Institut des Systèmes Complexes Rhône-Alpes (IXXI), 5 rue du Vercors, 69007 Lyon, France and Laboratoire d'Informatique du parallélisme, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon - CNRS, 46 allée d'Italie, 69007 Lyon, France 3: Instituto de Estudios de la Ciencia, Solis 1067, C-1078 AAU Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina 4: Laboratoire d'Economie des Transports, Université Lyon 2 - CNRS, 14 av Berthelot, 69007 Lyon, France
Publication date: 2008-08-01
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