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It is in the spirit of Open Scholarship to allow society to reap all potential benefits of research. Therefore, making research outputs available to everyone is just one step . We should also engage with potential users, funders and contributors to research, and with people whose lives may be affected by it. 

This calls for activities to raise interest in research, to include citizens and communities in setting research priorities, to engage them with the research process, to translate outcomes for a non-scholarly public and to participate in public debate.

One strand of engaging with the public is Citizen Science where the public actively  participates in scientific projects. Many supporters see Citizen Science as a way to “democratise science”.

Pillar at University of Galway

Engagement is not just about outreach, it is also about building trust with citizens and conveying the complexities of the research process. The University of Galway is involved in a number of projects that involve the general public. Here are a few examples: