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

3.3 Day 2 Timetable

Day 2 – Wednesday 20th February 2008

Session 5

Science in its social landscape

Matthew Harvey

Royal Society Science and Society Unit

09.00 to 10.30

Investigating the social landscape for science; further exploration of science and its social and ethical implications.

What influences (enabling and limiting) are there on the science that you do?

What impacts does your science have?


Session 6a

Science in the public eye (1)

Richard Holliman and Jeff Thomas

11.00 to 12.15

How does science become subject to public discussion and debate?

Why are some scientific issues subject to extended public discussion when others are largely overlooked?

What sources of information are valid, credible and reliable?


Session 6b

Science in the public eye (2)

Jeff Thomas and Richard Holliman

13.15 to 14.15

How have high-profile public discussions and debates influenced the relationship between science and society?

What can be learned from these cases?

Session 7

Finding the science voice

Bob Ward

14.30 to 16.00

Investigating the changing roles for science institutions and finding the science voice in public debate.

Who has (had) a role in developing/restricting the climate change and society agenda?


Session 8

Engaging as citizen scientists

Jeff Thomas and Richard Holliman

16.00 to 17.15

How can delegates contribute effectively to discussing and debating current and future science issues?

What are the skills required to engage with the current science and society agenda?

End of residential element of the course

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Click to view Session 6b: Science in the public eye (2) (PDF, 6 pages, 62KB)

Click to view Session 7: Finding the science voice (PDF, 10 pages, 79KB)


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