Science and society: A career and professional development course
Science and society: A career and professional development course

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Science and society: A career and professional development course

3.2 Day 1 Timetable

Day 1 – Monday 19th February 2008

Session 1

The modern scientist

Richard Holliman and Jeff Thomas

9.00 to 11.00

An introduction to the course, its aims, teaching questions and learning objectives.

An introduction to the team, timetabling and housekeeping issues.

The rest of this session will be devoted to reflecting on Reading 1 from the preparatory activities.

Break

Session 2

Science – Governance – Innovation

Alan Irwin

Copenhagen Business School

11.20 to 13.00

How did we arrive at the current context for science–society relations?

What are the current aims of public engagement?

What are the strengths and limitations of public engagement for policy formation, decision-making, etc.?

Are these aims challenged by the ‘innovation agenda’?

Lunch

Session 3

Science, policy and people

Giskin Day

Science Communication Group, Imperial College

14.00 to 15.30

If something is technically feasible, should it be allowed?

Who has the right to speak about scientific issues?

Should non-scientists contribute to science-based issues?

What constitutes the evidence base on which decisions about science should be made?

Break

Session 4

Science and society now

Stephen Webster

Science Communication Group, Imperial College

15.50 to 17.00

If something is technically feasible, should it be allowed?

Who has the right to speak about scientific issues?

Should non-scientists contribute to science-based issues?

What constitutes the evidence base on which decisions about science should be made?

90 minute break before a social evening involving a meal at a local restaurant.

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