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March 2013

Welcome to the blog, you can read all about the latest news for the sections and take a look in our archive. Scroll through the latest posts below, or select a section from the dropdown.

Brigitte Nerlich is Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society at the University of Nottingham. She will be speaking at the Science Communication Conference in May in the session on 'bridging theory and practice'.

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There have been two incidents recently that have brought to the fore some tensions between the theory and practice of science communication. One incident was the so-called Cox/Ince debate and the other was what I shall refer to as the Glaser/Cox incident.

Cox/Ince

The Cox/Ince debate began when Brian Cox, physicist and science communicator, and Robin Ince, comedian and science communicator, published an article in New Statesman on 18 December last year, entitled ‘Politicians must not elevate mere opinion over science’ (for an overview of the debate that followed, see this blog by Peter Broks and this blog by myself, focusing on science communication). One follow-up blog post by ‘Gavin’ in particular was interesting, as it encapsulated my general impression of what was going on. The blogger wrote:

Brian Cox

Last night the National Science + Engineering Competition Finals 2013 were officially opened at the Welcome Event and first Live@Lunch with Greg Foot.

Giving a whistlestop tour of what we can expect in the coming days, the Live@Lunch show gave our latest batch of finalists an exclusive look at some of the highlights of this year’s Fair as well as some talks from past competitors.

Science presenter Fran Scott shares some top tips for finding ideas for inspiring but feasible science demonstrations.

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Hello, I'm Fran; a science translator, demo developer and presenter. I'm a qualified scientist who can describe the subject to everyone and anyone who's interested, and even those that think they're not! I play with the subject, stripping it down to its exciting and curious bare bones.

Over the past decade I've designed science demonstrations for various venues and shows including the Science Museum, BBC live stage shows and numerous television productions. I have even exploded hydrogen in a Nobel-prize winner’s hands (those belonging to Sir Paul Nurse, in case you were wondering).

Sian Lloyd, weather and TV presenter, discusses the British obsession with our weather and climate.

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Here in the UK we’re famous for being obsessed with the weather, and I’m no exception to that. My fascination with the weather started from a young age because my father had a passion for the outdoors, so we were always out in all weathers.