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By Faisal Khan, Head of Science at The Market Bosworth School, Leicestershire, and National Science & Engineering Week 2013 Best Secondary School Event Award winner.

This is the second blog post from Faisal on the Market Bosworth School's preparation for National Science & Engineering Week. You can read the first post here.

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by Tom Seaward, who works on Project Wild Thing, a film-led campaign to get children outdoors.

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As a child I was a nature hoarder. I kept my own museum under the bed. Just a chocolate box, but it was filled with things I’d collected while out and about.

by Coralie Young, Communications Manager at the British Science Association.

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It was French philosopher Claude Levi-Strauss who once said “The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.”

Hilary LeeversAs part of the Public Attitudes to Science (PAS) 2014 study, Ipsos MORI held a qualitative Day of Discovery in London earlier this month. With a 15-strong team from Ipsos MORI, they recruited over 100 members of the general public to enter the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields church to spend part of their day discussing how to improve the quality of science communication. In particular, the day focused on five different questions:

  • What is the best way to communicate with different segments of the public?
  • Why do people feel better informed about certain topics than others?
  • How can we help people better understand what scientists actually do in their work?
  • How can we improve trust in science and scientists?
  • What drives public support for investment in science and technology?

All these are questions that the PAS 2014 survey findings can help with, but require a qualitative approach for a more meaningful answer, as Dr Hilary Leevers, Head of Education and Learning at the Wellcome Trust and one of the observers on the day, recounts below.

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It was fascinating to eavesdrop on the Day of Discovery. As an enthusiast myself, it was revealing to listen to some people speaking frankly about the more troubled or detached relationships they have with science alongside the passion of others.

by Ling Ge, Manager at EPSRC UK National Service for Computational Chemistry Software (NSCCS).

By Faisal Khan, Head of Science at The Market Bosworth School, Leicestershire, and National Science & Engineering Week 2013 Best Secondary School Event Award winner.

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What did you do for NSEW 2013?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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