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April 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.

By Sue Hordijenko, Director of Programmes at the British Science Association and Louise Ogden, Web Editor at the British Science Association

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We have just evaluated the first ten months of Sciencewise-ERC – the expert resource centre that helps policy makers to understand and use public dialogue to inspire, inform and improve policy decisions around science and technology.

Sciencewise helps to set up and run sessions with members of the public, known as public dialogues, to discuss with them everything from their views on a particular area of scientific research, to their thoughts on a new or upcoming piece of policy, or to determine how informed they are on a topic.

Karen FolkesBy Karen Folkes, Chair of the 'Public Attitudes to Science' Steering Group and Deputy Head of Science and Society, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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What do the UK public think about science? Are they interested in science? Do they value it? Do they want to hear more about it? Do they have any concerns about scientific developments and new technologies?

These are just some of the questions explored in Public Attitudes to Science – a series of studies which has been going since 2000 and is now entering its fifth iteration. The data, collected from both surveys and qualitative research, has been used by many different organisations to help measure the impact of their scientific, engineering and educational programmes.

by Katherine Mathieson, Director of Education at the British Science Association

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Last week, I went to a screening of a new social action film called GirlRising produced by Holly Gordon as part of the 10x10 campaign to improve the education of girls. The film depicted the stories of 10 girls and young women from around the world, interspersed with facts about the positive effects that educating girls can have in developing countries. For example, the World Bank reports that each additional year of education can increase a girl’s future earnings by at least 10%.  Yet around 66 million girls are currently not enrolled in education (UNESCO 2012).