Every member of the public in this coming generation will have the experience of being a scientist-in-training. During the formative years of secondary education, it is compulsory for all children to study the three core science fields: Biology, Chemistry and
Before deciding what needs to change, it is first important to recognize why the public needs to be engaged in science. Government bodies or local authorities, whose money is obtained from national taxes, fund a large proportion of scientific research.
The relationship between science and the public is going through a bit of a rough patch. From measles outbreaks linked to Andrew Wakefield’s claims of vaccination-induced autism to everyday bungled journalistic reports of scientific research, the ability of misreporting science
To investigate how to better engage people with science, it is key to identify how research is currently disseminated and the routes of exposure accessible to the public. Despite the increasing popularity of the Internet, traditional media including TV news
To begin let’s quickly establish why it is important for scientists to engage with the public. Firstly, science is expensive and much of the money used to fund it ultimately comes from the public. Given this fact, the public should
Everyday scientists try to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, such as curing cancer or growing new organs from stem cells. News about their research regularly makes national and international headlines. However, the information that is being reported by