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
Most biologists would agree that the most extraordinary development of the 21st century has been the discovery and manipulation of the CRISPR/Cas9 method of gene editing – a natural defence mechanism that bacteria use to defend against viral infection which scientists have hijacked to modify the DNA sequence of living cells. Continue reading Prime editing – a cutting edge new development in genomic engineering
I think many people in STEM are aware that currently most teams, departments, or student populations are not reflective of wider society. But beyond just the numbers and percentages of different identities that make up a team we need to be listening to and acting on the actual experiences of those underrepresented groups. Continue reading Being an ally in STEM