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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 Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association.

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Is science really part of the UK's culture?

The British Science Association recently completed a period of reflection on what we do, who we serve, and why. We concluded that the answer to that question is 'no' - for now.

For instance, do people who engage in individual science activities make the leap and engage in others? Are we pulling in enough people from new and diverse backgrounds? Do these people consider themselves as part of a science community, or do they engage just as a novelty?  How can we connect science with the rest of society? These are the questions that we’ve been asking ourselves while developing our new plans.

by Jo Cox, Head of Science at Redmoor Academy. This is the second article showing the different perspectives around the Anturus expedition on the Severn from the scientist (Huw James from Anturus), the teacher (Jo Cox) and one of the students (Luca Moore project leader age 13).

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We first met Huw James in March 2014, and had arranged for him to lead a session for a small group of students who we thought might be interested in following the latest expedition from the Anturus team. I'm not entirely sure how this session then led into one of the most challenging and exciting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects we have ever been involved with, but that is indeed the case.

by Kate Mills, doctoral student at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Kate can be found on Twitter at @le_feufollet

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The astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan was my childhood hero. My first flashbulb memory occurred on the last day of school before winter break, when I heard the news of Carl Sagan’s death on the radio. I had come to know Carl Sagan's existence so young in my life not because my family were particularly keen on science, but because my grandfather was awarded a telescope from his company for having worked 30 years in a chemical factory without sustaining an injury.

By Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh, who is currently studying double maths, physics, chemistry, philosophy and Italian at A-Level. Gianamar has recently completed his Gold CREST Award and has received a number of prizes at the National Science + Engineering Competition since 2012.

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Despite having been interested in science for a long time, my passion for physics and my drive to become an amateur scientist was kindled by an excellent science teacher in Year 9 at school who taught us about particle physics as an extra to our GCSE course. I also think Brian Cox's "Wonders of the Universe" series had a big impact on me as it was the first time when watching a science documentary that I could truly feel the enthusiasm communicated by the presenter.

by Graphic Science

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In March 2014, the latest version of the Public Attitudes to Science report was published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in partnership with Ipsos MORI. But what can we learn from the PAS survey?

Over the weekend, #therobotsareready campaign was in full swing on Twitter in preparation for the British Science Festival in September. NAO was one of the robots featured in the campaign and is one of the robot stars at the University of Birmingham. Here, he tells us a bit more about himself and what he has been designed to do.

By Diana Pearce, an ecologist and freelance science and museum communicator, who has set up Flashmob science.

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When I was about eight years old, one of my first experiences of science in the field was going on a woodland walk. I’m not sure of the location but it is an experience that has stuck with me to this day. On the walk I was shown which trees were deciduous or evergreen and which trees produced edible fruits.

by Roland Jackson, Executive Chair of Sciencewise (Twitter: @Roland_Jackson)

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The annual jamboree of the Science Communication Conference is over for another year. It may be wishful thinking, but I picked up more reference this year to policy impact, and specifically to the activities of Sciencewise. Did this register with anyone else, or is this indeed wishful thinking?

Laura Fogg-Rogers, from the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England. Laura spoke on a panel with Mat Hickman from the Wellcome Trust and Hema Teji from the British Science Association at the Science Communication Conference 2014.

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By Lizzie Crouch, Project Manager at DesignScience

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We believe there is a critical, yet often overlooked link between science and design, and a growing need for increased collaboration between the two.

This belief has motivated us – DesignScience’s Anne Odling-Smee and myself, creative producer Ellen Dowell and interactive designer Andrew Friend – to raise the question, ‘What is design for?’ at this year’s Science Communication Conference.

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