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November 2013

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By Alan Mercer is Sciencewise Programme Director. This post is part of a series of posts for the Public Attitudes to Science 2014 study.


This month saw the publication of a Special Eurobarometer report on Responsible research and innovation, science and technology.  For anyone engaged in developments in science and technology, the survey into the views of the public from across the 27 EU states makes for very interesting reading.

As the Programme Director for the Sciencewise programme, I was drawn to the finding that 64% – almost two-thirds – of those surveyed in the UK indicated that public dialogue is required on decisions about science and technology. This places the UK fifth in the EU for requiring this dialogue, and higher than the EU27 average of 55%.

By Saheefa Ishaq, a 13 year old student from Leicestershire who has a passion for science. Saheefa entered her CREST project into the National Science + Engineering Competition last year and won a place to attend the Broadcom Masters programme (part of Intel ISEF) in the USA. She is now a member of the CREST Youth Panel and is working hard to promote women in STEM wherever she can.


As a young scientist, getting involved with CREST was probably one of the best choices I have ever made. The CREST Awards have not only helped me to grow and develop my skills, but also to pursue my desire to learn and share my knowledge with others.

By Rebecca Williams, a PhD student in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Rebecca's research focuses on how breast cancer develops. Her favourite things to do in her spare time are playing netball, skiing and drinking tea.


There are lots of reasons why I got involved in science communication, and I’m not really sure which one was the deciding factor. The first time I got up in front of a classroom of kids to talk about my work, I found a confidence that I didn’t know I had and I knew I had found something I loved.

By Sheena Cruickshank, a lecturer at the Manchester Immunology Group in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. Sheena’s research focuses on how immune responses start and on predicting how some people are resistant to infection and others are not and get long term or chronic inflammation. When not telling people about worms she runs around after her two active football mad kids and enjoys cycling.