Paywalls have become the scourge of this intrepid desk-chair policy officer, and I sometimes find myself reminiscing about my former university libraries with their vast range of journal subscriptions and inter-library loans, which together made paywalls seemingly non-existent. Continue reading Open access: what’s all the fuss about?
British Science Week is always an exciting week at the Biochemical Society, with several annual events taking science to Westminster. In addition, this week has been extraordinary for UK politics, so we thought we’d give you a quick round-up of some of the highlights from science in Parliament this week. Continue reading The (British Science) Week in Westminster
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.
By Dorieke Grijseels, University of Sussex
February marks LGBT history month, a month in which we remember and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender history. It is great to see the lists of many important figures in LGBT history appearing on blogs and social media. As a scientist, one thing that strikes me, is that the lists rarely includes more than one or two scientists.