Increasingly, academic research and the broader generation and sharing of knowledge are taking place not just across different disciplines within research performing organisations but among a much wider range of stakeholders who may have different forms of knowledge to offer. This requires both an acknowledgement and the active integration of different cultural and disciplinary perspectives. See also Improve Research Skills.
Societal partners will be motivated by a very wide range of reasons, including geographic locality or a particular topic or theme. This diversity means that it is not possible to offer a comprehensive set of advice, but this and the following sections may give a few tips on why and how societal partners from four key groups might seek to engage with researchers.