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Science and society: A career and professional development course
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4 References and further reading

There are a wide range of perspectives on science–society relations. In part, this is reflected in the different readings listed below. They have been chosen to address issues that we feel are relevant to current debates about science–society relations.

Durodié, B. (2002, April 12). ‘Why I think a dialogue with the public will undermine science’, The Times Higher Education Supplement, p. 16.

Gibbons, M. (1999). Science’s new social contract with society, Nature, 402 (Supp.), pp. C81-84.

Holliman, R. (2005). ‘An introduction to communicating science’. STM895 Postgraduate skills in science, technology, maths and computing, The Open University, Milton Keynes, available online through the Open University’s OpenLearn project.

House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology (2000). Science and society (Third Report), London, HMSO, available online at:

Lloyd, I. (2000, February) ‘The tyranny of the L-shaped curve’, Science and Public Affairs, pp. 14-15.

Jones, R. (2007). ‘What have we learned from public engagement?’ Nature Nanotechnology, 2 (5), pp. 262-263.

Miller, S. (2001). ‘Public understanding of science at the crossroads’, Public Understanding of Science, 10, pp. 115-120.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) (2006). Debating science, Postnote Number 260, available online at:

Research Councils UK (RCUK) (2002). Dialogue with the public: Practical Guidelines, London, People Science and Policy Ltd., available online at:

Stilgoe, J., Irwin, A. and Jones, K. (2006). The received wisdom: opening up expert advice, London, DEMOS, available online at:

Turney, J. (ed.) (2006). Engaging science: Thoughts, deeds, action, London, The Wellcome Trust. Available online at:

The Phillips Report (2000). The BSE Inquiry, London, HMSO, available online at:

The Royal Society (2006). Factors affecting science communication: a survey of scientists and engineers, London, The Royal Society, available online at:

Willis, R. and Wilsdon, J. (2004). See through science: why public engagement needs to move upstream, London, DEMOS, available online at:

Wilsdon, J, Wynne, B. and Stilgoe, J. (2005) The Public Value of Science, DEMOS, London. Available online at:

Wolpert, L. (1998) ‘In praise of science’, in Levinson, R. and Thomas, J. Science Today: Problem or crisis? Routledge, London.

Ziman, J. (1996) ‘Is science losing its objectivity? Nature 382, pp. 751-754.