To engage, or not to engage, it’s no longer really a question!
As I scientist, I strongly believe that actively engaging with the public is an essential part of our day-to-day scientific life for two reasons. First, a large proportion of science is publicly funded; therefore we, as scientists, have a responsibility to feed back the conclusions of our work to the public, making them easily accessible and understandable, as well as demonstrating how they impact on people's lives. Second, we should aim to inspire the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals, helping to ensure that the work we start today will be continued and come to fruition. One of the best ways for clinical and basic researchers to do this is to engage with young people, challenging and inspiring them to take on this work in the future.