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Public engagement with research is challenging

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Public engagement with research activities, although desirable, can be challenging to implement. One of the first obstacles of researchers to pursue this path is the lack of incentives (see: changing scientific incentives can help overcome stagnation). Mostly, early career researchers do not engage the public in their research because of the time-pressure[@burns2021From intent to implementation: Factors affecting public involvement in life science research].

Another problem is the potential backslash from spread of misinformation, which puts a limit to how much researchers are willing to share ongoing projects. Words can be taken out of context, and increasing politization may put individuals at uncomfortable positions.


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