Sense about science…

by Jim Caryl

On Friday I shall be off to a workshop in Manchester, run by Sense About Science:

Sense About Science is an independent charitable trust. We respond to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society, from scares about plastic bottles, fluoride and the MMR vaccine to controversies about genetic modification, stem cell research and radiation. We work with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion.

Our recent and current priorities include alternative medicine, MRI, detox, radiation, health tests, the status of evidence in public health advice, an educational resource on peer review and the public language of science.

The workshop is run as part of the Voice of Young Science programme, aiming to discuss science-related controversies in media reporting and make a greater contribution to public debates.

I shall report back on this at the weekend.