I was interested to read a recent blog by Dr Mark Roberts – Why should scientists be engaging the public? It is great to hear that the Biochemical Society is supporting scientists who want to engage the public with their science. However, primary school children and their teachers are rarely considered in any engagement or dissemination strategy. There are several possible reasons: it is often … Continue reading I bet you didn’t know… cutting-edge research can inspire primary children
By Adam Jellett, University of Bristol
How would politicians cope being quizzed by a room full of young scientists and engineers? That’s what I sought to find out when I travelled to Westminster to take part in Voice of the Future 2018. This event, organised by the Royal Society of Biology and in its seventh iteration, is unique in its reversing of a Select Committee meeting, where MPs hold experts and government ministers to account in various areas of policy. At Voice of the Future, it is the MPs who are questioned so that we, the scientific community, can gain a better understanding of the world of policy and their views on UK science. Can we change their opinions? Can they change ours?
by James Brown, Education and Public Engagement Manager
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute. Every year I think I have plenty of time, but then before I know it it’s December 24th and I haven’t bought so much as a sprout. So, in an effort to be more organised and to help those of you who are like me, I present the quintessential gift guide for the insatiably curious. And if anyone is looking to get me something, this blog post happily doubles as my wish list. #multitasking
By Nabila Juhi, Urmston Grammar School
I was going to find a cure for cancer, seven-year-old me decided. From a young age I’ve always been interested in science. It was perhaps one subject where I felt I’d found my niche: it was logical, I was good at it and it provided me with answers to questions I’d yet to even consider. Coming from an immigrant family, with parents who didn’t continue onto higher education, I was encouraged to stick to it.