I believe in public engagement and personally, I think all PhD students should engage in some form of public engagement. During my PhD, I’ve done activities at primary schools and participate in a few public engagement events in the UK. Now, I have another job, in another field (PhD in allergic diseases and current job is cancer-related), so to do public engagement and attend any scientific conference related to allergic diseases, I have to take days off work.
This year, I have the opportunity to present the work I’ve done during my PhD at one large conference for non-scientists. I was wondering how public engagement is seen by other scientists. The benefits of doing public engagement are not as evident for the presenter as attending a scientific conference as there are more opportunities for collaboration in a scientific conference.
I’m mostly wondering how public engagement is seen by other scientists (related or unrelated fields). Do you think it’s an advantage to have public engagement activities in the CV, presenting your work for non-scientists, or do you think it’s better to have a Twitter account, a blog or write short articles for non-scientists?