An early start today finds me waiting for a flight to Belfast where I am speaking at the 9th Scientific Conference of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) charity. Just time enough to pen a quick blog then. Lucky me. Poor you. Last night I was looking at my papers for a meeting… Read More Avoiding Laurel and Hardy when it comes to science can be difficult for the public
I am in Denmark on a study visit looking at how they do innovation. More on that in a few days time I hope. In the meantime colleagues at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sent me through the link to their revised vision, aims etc which was published on their website last… Read More Revised Science and Society Vision: A step forward?
And if you already have one you can always re-gift it (to me)! This is a new science writing competition for researchers and I shall be one of the judges I am delighted to say. The ‘Access to Understanding’ writing competition for bioscience researchers has been launched by Europe PubMed Central and The British Library… Read More Writing competition open for entries – win an iPad and article in eLife #A2UComp
I’ve been meaning to post this ever since it came across my Twitter feed some weeks ago. If you go on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Science and Society Strategy pages you’ll see that they have published updated action plans for each of the ‘Expert Groups’ set up in 2010. These groups were tasked to… Read More Y’All: I still don’t really know what the BIS Science and Society strategy is about, do you?
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… Read More The life sciences, the public and the growth agenda…its not just about bums on seats
‘Pedestrian freight.’ It is a term I had not come across until last week. I believe it is the phrase once used inside train companies to describe you and I, the commuters who throng with fortitude through our stations up and down the land every day. Perhaps it still is, I don’t know. Such ‘internal’ phrases can… Read More We need more than better chat-up lines to increase participation in research
If you are at a loose end between now and the end of June, then this exhibition at the Street Gallery of University College Hospital looks well worth the visit. Award winning photographer Clare Parks joined forces with researchers and patients to explore their feelings about clinical research in photographs. The images are really quite… Read More Exploring the partnership between patients and researchers – photography exhibition at UCH, London.