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
We live in an age where food is grossly abundant. Those distant days when people foraged the land for plants to eat — and even when they shifted to setting up their own farms — seems almost inconceivable now. The intensive nature of the food industry has meant that there’s virtually nothing you can’t buy on a trip to your local supermarket, even if it’s come from the other side of the world. Continue reading Is ‘clean meat’ possible?
Gene editing has become so prevalent in science fiction it is almost its own genre. On 15 May 2019, Perfect premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema and Stratford Picturehouse, kicking off the 19th annual Sci-Fi London Film Festival. The Biochemical Society took part at the festival, providing an introduction to the themes explored in this film. Continue reading Sci-Fi London and the Ethics of Gene Editing