Or should that be a pixel! If you want a brief but mind-boggling, diversion from the tedium of your day then look no further than 'internet live stats' which shows the number of website, blogs, tweets and other social media stuff being created every second of every day. Into this miasma do our scientists, research … Continue reading A pox on www! Has the humble website become the public engagement tool of choice for the lazy scientist?
This is an extract from a talk I gave on Monday to the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Newcastle. I tried to answer the following question: The life sciences are seen as fundamental to the nation’s health and to economic growth. But what is the public’s role in making this happen? The … Continue reading The life sciences, the public and the growth agenda…its not just about bums on seats
I was very privileged to be asked to give the Furlong Christmas Lecture a few weeks ago. I hope this doesn't seem egotistical but here's the text of that lecture amended with useful links etc - it touches on and rehearses themes that will be familiar to those of you who have visited the blog … Continue reading Research is for life: making research part and parcel of the patient journey
A few weeks ago I mentioned meeting the Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) to discuss public involvement in research. Last night I stumbled on the following announcement by the Canadian Government about the development of a patient-orientated research strategy. Excellent news. I am sure the news has very little to do … Continue reading Canada gets the ‘patient involvement in research’ bug
Welcome back to those of you who left the rest of us to run the country for two weeks. I must say that I spent the Bank Holiday weekend in a verily good mood having had a quick peek at the results of our annual member survey. This showed that 98% of our members say … Continue reading Public attitudes to science survey 2011