Our responsibility as scientists is a topic I address in a blogpost in more detail. Our job is not only to expand horizons but also to make the achievements of humankind accessible to the community. It is a natural desire of humans to ask questions, but also to understand the answers.
A vivid, critical, and lucid exchange between fellow scientists is absolutely necessary to maintain and continuously improve on the quality of our research. While the former is actively pushed forward (media, public events, etc.), communication within the scientific environment is still underrepresented.
There is a broad set of political parties and pressure groups,
all interacting in an opaque web. It seems that sticking to
true facts or acting in the most meaningful way can not be
taken for granted. This of course assumes that the most
meaningful way of action is obvious. Often it is
not. Moreover, it is getting more and more difficult for the
community to form an opinion based on the overflow of
information. We as researchers are expected to be independent
and shed light on complicated issues. I think we should all be
very well aware of this role.
I am convinced that we as researchers have to make absolutely sure to work to the best of our knowledge and in a truthful manner. We have to seek contact outside of our offices, meet the community at eye level, build bridges, communicate, discuss, but also intervene whenever needed. Keeping a healthy balance between information and understandability is certainly a challenge. I am keen to meet this challenge together with my colleagues.