Public engagement involves dialogue, interaction and participation, between researchers and non-academics. It is as much about listening as it is about offering insights and knowledge. It creates benefits for the public (increased understanding, chance to be part of science), the researchers (new ideas, challenge thinking), the university (raises its profile) and for society as a whole (making more informed choices, challenge rooted convictions).
Roland Geraerts is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences. In recent years, he has been committed to more appreciation for valorisation: "It is nice to see that at university level people are working on a better culture of recognition and reward."