Smart students study science and science students become doctors. Regardless of which part of the world you grew up in, you will be familiar with this statement or a modified version that shares the same sentiment. Sentiments that suggest studying science is the preserve of smart students and studying medicine is regarded the very peak achievement. Continue reading Is there a doctor in the room?
By Mark Roberts There was a time where scientific debate only happened in the letter pages of national newspapers. However, as research developed and became more specialised, scientific discourse moved into journals found only in institutional libraries, creating barriers between those undertaking the science and the wider public. More recently, the discourse has moved to a two-way dialogue with the public; engagement rather than outreach. … Continue reading Why should scientists be engaging the public?
I just finished my first online course through the Biochemical Society, which introduced me to Public Engagement and Science Policy. I went into this course having already participated in and designed several public engagement activities, but after being suggested this course as preparation for an upcoming placement, I figured there’s always something new to learn – and wow was I right! Continue reading How the course an “Introduction to Public Engagement and Science Policy” improved my public engagement practice
As an early career researcher (ECR), you can struggle with balancing publishable results, reading new scientific literature and keeping your supervisor happy. But you’re learning that the impact of research is not only measured by the journal in which your manuscript is published. You feel that the public sometimes misunderstands science and evidence, and you want to help change that. Continue reading Getting started in Public Engagement – Lessons from the Standing Up for Science workshop