Last week news broke that the Royal Institution (RI) is looking for buyers for its hallowed Albermarle Street headquarters in London as part of a plan to ease its financial woes. These amount to £7million owed to creditors according to various reports. There’s plenty of coverage of the affair in the UK media and a campaign… Read More I’ll be honest, I’m in two minds about the Royal Institution (RI) issue.
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
It would seem we are one step closer to ‘open access scientific publishing.’ How big or small that step will be, we do not know yet. Yesterday we saw a classic bit of Ministerial sounding out of the community on one or two emerging ideas, when the Science Minister, David Willetts, spoke to the Publishers Association . If the… Read More I can see a role for Oprah, Richard and Judy when it comes to open access scientific publishing
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… Read More Research is for life: making research part and parcel of the patient journey
The Science Minister, David Willetts, blogs in today’s Guardian about the challenges for science writing in a world increasingly dominated by online media . He richly articulates the terms of an interesting debate and seems to convey genuine interest in the subject and a sincere wish to hear views. We must give the Online Media… Read More Willetts looks for the OMG factor in online science communication
A major speech by Science Minister, David Willetts, about science and not a word about ‘Science and Society’ or the importance of the public. I am pleased that the Minister recognises the importance of ensuring science articles are in the public domain and not behind a pay wall but it’s curious there seems no public… Read More Not a word on science and society from Willetts… rest my case
This from The Guardian /Observer stable in the early hours of Sunday with a quote from the Science Minister, David Willetts MP. The article says the centre is likely to be located in the South East (Sandwich perhaps where Pfizer recently closed it’s facility?). £30 million of funding from a mix of public and private… Read More New stem cell centre in the UK announced