So the Royal Society has appointed Professor Brian Cox as its new Professor for Public Engagement in Science at the University of Manchester. The physicist who is becoming increasingly eponymous with science on TV in the same way that the broadcaster and naturalist, David Attenbrough, has with wildlife programmes, or Janett Street-Porter became associated with youth programming in the … Continue reading An aside on the Royal Society’s life with Brian and Coxing science through the election
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?
The Edinburgh Science Festival is fast approaching (5th - 20th April in fact). It is some time since I have been but well worth it every time I have gone (whether as speaker or visitor). A perfect way to spend some of your Easter holiday in fact. So let me plug - mercilessly and without … Continue reading ‘Hungry’ at the Edinburgh Science Festival? Y-Touring have got just the thing for you.
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and head of he Sir Francis Crick Institute, is doing a round of media interviews at the moment. Last week he was in the Daily Telegraph and claimed that the 'Crick' institute was going to be the mothership of all inventions - in every sense of the … Continue reading It’s wishful thinking by Sir Paul Nurse – science has no right to be left alone by politicians or the public
They say in football that the league table never lies. Fans and players may begrudge a decision or two, or feel that luck did not go their way in a match. But even the most ardent supporter will accept their team's league position after than final game as a true reflection of how good they … Continue reading Who would come top in your league table of public engagement in science? And who would you relegate?