Public dialogue exercises can come across a bit like the public engagement version of a 'lock-in.' They are undoubtedly enjoyable - for all concerned including the participants. However, there can be a feeling that people are being force-fed information until they recant their ways! That said, this tool (of choice, for many) is a useful way of exploring people's views on issues in-depth and over … Continue reading Babraham Institute pins down public attitudes to basic science
I note that it is London Fashion Week. I look forward to finding out what colours are 'in' or 'out,' what I should or should not be wearing over the next 12 months. Science is no stranger to fashions or trends. All of a sudden you can find yourself deluged with reports and the such … Continue reading This autumn we will all be wearing….. ‘stratified medicine.’ New reports by ABPI and TSB
Sciencewise, the Government funded body which aims to improve science and technology policy-making by making better use of public dialogue, is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. Set up in 2004 in the wake of the fiasco that was GM foods, Sciencewise has done much within Whitehall and Westminster to advance the case for a more open, … Continue reading Sciencewise: 10/10 see you again – I sincerely hope so!
Today I started to think about the forthcoming INVOLVE national conference. More particularly, what I want to say to this important gathering in less than a month's time. This will be my first conference since taking over as Chair in June 2011 and, since then of course, I have also taken on the new National … Continue reading Friday musings about tsars, conferences and stratified medicines
It was only this time last week that, as I mulled over ideas for this blog, I considered a post listing some interesting 'facts' about public engagement including the number of days since the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) had said anything about future policy initiatives in the area of science and society. I should not … Continue reading Cable and Willetts take public dialogue on science out of cold storage