There has been a lot of conversation lately about the value of public engagement in large science visitor attractions (summarized wonderfully by Louise Crane’s storify) and so I thought that I’d put my own thoughts down on paper. I believe that, for the most part, a lot of projects that these large organizations carry out … Continue reading Let’s take on the challenge of engaging the public
One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes—I can't even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life. From ‘Meditations in an Emergency’ by Frank O’Hara ********** The … Continue reading What science communication could take away from a poem in New York
Today I visited the Wellcome Collection to see their latest exhibit, Brains. I thought it was wonderful! Through a selection of objects, specimens, historical and contemporary print media and video the exhibit brought to life both the important figures in the history of neuroscience and the wider public's attitudes to the brain over time. This … Continue reading Historical brains
After a successful launch event at the wonderfully quirky Hunterian Museum in November 2011, the Design Science Research Group (DSRG) returned with their next event. 'Science and Design: Parallel Processes?' brought world class scientists and designers together to discuss their work processes, and how a greater understanding of how the two fields work could lead to more … Continue reading DSRG > Science and Design: Parallel Processes?
Last Friday evening saw the auditorium at the British Library packed to the brim; a diverse audience waiting excitedly for some of UCL’s neuroscientists to take to the stage for ‘The Performing Brain – an interactive evening of neuroscience in motion.’ After a short introduction by Lee-Ann Coleman, head of science at the British Library, … Continue reading Performing Brains at the British Library
As I outlined in a post last week, there have been a lot of articles lately which outline how a better appreciation of what science is and who scientists are is needed. This has inevitably led to posts and articles calling for more scientists to get involved with public engagement activities. But there are a … Continue reading The problems with a call for all scientists to participate in public engagement
There has been a lot of coverage recently on how science and scientists are perceived by the public. It is clear that, despite the increasing levels of quality public engagement work, the long-standing stereotypes still dominate. This isn't a new issue, but it is still an important one. There have been many 'draw a scientist' … Continue reading A reflection on the recent coverage on the public’s perception of scientists
Friday morning started with a random email. I was made aware of the fact that Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, had tweeted about a blog post which Inside Knowledge blog (a multimedia blog produced by me, David Robertson, Anna Perman and Ben Good in the summer) had posted in July … Continue reading Viral Science
On Tuesday evening I went to a discussion at the British Academy entitled ‘The Creative Process - A Multidisciplinary Examination’. This is one of a series of three discussions which will focus on the role of the creative process in the sciences, the humanities and the arts in turn. "Much is talked about the importance … Continue reading How do we pave the path to creativity in science?
The day was overcast and the cold flat light was making me squint. I glanced up and caught sight of the modern glass buildings on Bishopsgate towering over the tiny cobbled street where I stood. On the wooden door in front of me an Egyptian style door knocker stared at me. I glance at my watch. … Continue reading Meeting people who are never there – the Dennis Severs house