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Policy on Scientific Citizenship & Diplomacy

1.0 Purpose

This policy is intended to support scientists to serve the best interests of the wider community within which they live and work by actively pursuing meaningful collaborations with other scientists, scientific institutions and the public or society as a means of making their work known and understood by society.

2.0 Policy Statement

SFA Foundation is committed to fruitful public engagement with the aim of raising awareness seek perspectives, understanding and appreciation of science among the public. Each scientific research proposal must develop a separate activity to place the work within a societal, historical and cultural context.

The role of science in the daily life of everyone must be considered when planning the research and a thorough plan on how the work will be communicated to non-scientists and even scientists who are not in that specific field developed. This could be in the form of documentaries, radio programmes, public lectures, drama, and other public events. The expectation is that those researchers who receive SFA Foundation funding or funding from local and global partners will help foster an informed public climate within which all sciences can flourish.

3.0 Applicants Obligations

Applicants are required to provide an outline of their public engagement plans.  The details should be captured into a separate Public Engagement Plan (PE Plan) template for that specific application.

Related policies: Research Data Management, Sharing and Protection

For any queries on this policy, please contact [email protected]