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Government provides €5m boost for science communication

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Funding should help make communication a two-way process between scientists and the public, says minister

The Dutch government has made €5 million available to encourage the spread of research and science news among the general public.

According to Ingrid van Engelshoven, minister for education, culture and science, science communication can inform the public about the importance of research and the ways in which society can reap its benefits. In a letter to the House of Representatives sent on 23 December, she said the funding should help make this a two-way process, where scientists communicate openly with the public but public voices also have an input into research activities.

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