Our world increasingly depends on new scientific and technical discoveries and inventions. Often, those with highest potential impact for the human condition (such as DNA editing, nanoscale electronic devices, etc.) intrinsically involve interfaces between classical scientific disciplines. Similarly, there is a need to nurture interfaces between scientists and the general community. This 'opinion' essay suggests some areas where we can take constructive steps to promote healthy, well-integrated progress of enterprising research, with optimal implementation, supported by community awareness. Timely action is needed, not only to develop updated formal academic curricula, but also to create attractive options for up-to-date life-long learning.