Pens and PCs to the ready: 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is launched

One of my highlights of last year was judging the 'Access to Understanding' science writing competition.  And I didn't event win it! Well, the good news is that it's happening again and the 2014 competition was launched this morning.  The less good news perhaps - from the point of view of entrants anyway - is... Continue Reading →

Comment piece: New mental health research charity springs from an unlikely quarter #mentalhealth

It has been in the works for a not inconsiderable amount of time.  A slow burner if you like.  So it somehow seems fitting that the first flames should flicker almost unnoticed. Yesterday, Research Fortnight's Adam Smith wrote about a new mental health research charity to be launched next year with a hefty £20 million... Continue Reading →

Y’All: I still don’t really know what the BIS Science and Society strategy is about, do you?

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... Continue Reading →

Index on Censorship data debate report and video

You can read a report of last week's Index on Censorship's debate about data starring Mark Walport and Baroness O'Neill among others, here. You can also see a video of the debate on their Facebook site but, of course, you'll have to sign-in to Facebook first. One can onlyhope they informed everyone first and this is not some sort of clandestine CCTV... Continue Reading →

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