The Royal Society of New Zealand has developed researcher guidelines for public engagement as part of the Government’s plan A Nation of Curious Minds He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara; A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society.

One of the strategic areas of this plan is ‘Science sector engaging with the public’, which raises the expectation that there cannot be a scientifically-engaged public without a publicly-involved science sector.  These guidelines seek to foster and support effective engagement between researchers and society. 

Note that the guidelines complement, but are separate from, the Society’s New Zealand Code of Professional Standards and Ethics that applies to its members.  

Next steps

These guidelines will be reviewed after January 2018 in the light of experience gained from their use and uptake and further engagement with Māori, business and non-profit communities.  In particular, the Royal Society of New Zealand is committed to entering into an ongoing discussion with Māori researchers and those engaged in research in Māori domains to explore how specific knowledge systems such as mātauranga Māori enrich and add new dimensions to many fields of intellectual endeavour of value to society.

Panel members

The panel members who led this work were:

  • Professor Richard Bedford (chair), Royal Society of New Zealand President
  • Dr John Caradus, Royal Society of New Zealand Council
  • Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin, Royal Society of New Zealand Council
  • Professor Caroline Saunders, Royal Society of New Zealand Council
  • Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Royal Society of New Zealand Council
  • Dr Andrew Cleland, Royal Society of New Zealand Chief Executive