In this blog Melissa talks about her experience developing and piloting a science outreach activity funded by the Biochemical Society.
By Peter Wotherspoon, Biochemical Society
Okay, so we all know how this song and dance goes; it’s been in enough movies by this point. Here we have (under slightly more violent circumstances than would be ideal) what is generally thought of as the technological singularity. The idea that the creation of artificial super-intelligence will lead to an unstoppable cascade of technological advancements because no doubt a computer intelligence smarter than us can in turn make another computer intelligence smarter than it and so on. So, with all the hype around AI recently, have we reached the tipping point?
Leah Fitzsimmons, University of Birmingham
Monday, 25 June, saw the opening of the first ever ‘Evidence Week’ in the Houses of Parliament. Organised by Sense About Science in association with House of Commons Library, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, POST – Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and SAGE Publishing, the idea was to hold a week full of events, masterclasses and other sessions to help bring the public and parliamentarians into discussion about the use of evidence in public life.
Claudia Bonfio, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
For a young undergraduate student, attending a conference could mean visiting a new country, having fun (and drinks) with other group members and grabbing as many gadgets as possible from sponsors’ stands. For an academically-grown up postdoc, together with attending great scientific talks, attending conferences means networking with people in the same field or outside of it, to create new collaborations and partnerships.