The AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) is currently holding their annual meeting at Vancouver, B.C., and their plenary talk definitely gave me a lot of food for thought.
The longer I’m in academia, the bigger the gap between the scientific community and the general public seems to be. It’s frustrating that doing good science simply isn’t enough. At the same time, the publish or perish culture of academia makes it really hard for scientists to find time to communicate with the general public and decision makers. It’s one of the reasons why I’m not sure that academia is the right fit for me because for me, publishing peer-reviewed articles isn’t as invigorating as talking about science with non-scientists.