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Sense About Science: latest events and activities

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14 June 2017

SCI is pleased to bring you news from our Collaborative Partner Sense About Science.

Sense About Science works with scientists and members of the public to change public debates and to equip people to make sense of science and evidence.

They do this by running a variety of activities including campaigns and events. Details on their latest programme of activities can be found below.

Upcoming Events

Sense about Science are hosting an event on 21 June in the European parliament. People from all walks of life are coming to parliament to share stories about why evidence matters to them. They will each speak for one minute and MEPs will have a chance to respond. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to eu@senseaboutscience.org or if people in your networks have stories to share about why evidence matters to them, please submit them to the collection we'll be taking with us on the day.

Sense about Science are running a Standing up for Science media workshop in Warwick this June. It's open to early career researchers and scientists (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows or equivalents) in all sciences, engineering and medicine and is free to attend. During the workshop there will be discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting combined with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media.

Sense about Science is also delighted to let you know that nominations for the 2017 John Maddox Prize are now open. The prize recognises individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Application deadline: 31 July 2017

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Standing up for Science media workshop
Friday 30 June 2017 at the University of Warwick

Standing up for Science is a free media workshop for early career researchers and combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media.

For more information, please see the Sense about Science website.

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Sense about Science had a great success with their Manchester media workshop in April. Take a look at the photos and read what attendees had to say:
Science and the media, advice for young researchers
"Standing up for Science": early career researchers and media communication

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Campaigns

In January 2016, Voice of Young Science (VoYS) members launched their latest campaign, a weather quiz called Haven't the Foggiest. VoYS members initiate campaigns when they become frustrated by the misrepresentation of a particular area of science in the wider public discussion. This latest campaign was launched to stop misuse of weather terms & to promote a more sensible discussion of meteorology.

So far, more than 3,400 people have taken the quiz and VoYS members and supporters have been busy talking about it:

You can take the quiz by clicking on the link below.

VoYS members have also been getting involved in the Ask for Evidence campaign this week, chasing down the evidence behind claims to do with sleep.

  • Jessica Taylor exposed the lack of evidence behind a mobile phone app and supplement combo intended to help you have more lucid dreams.
  • Leah Fitzsimmons helped examine the evidence that chamomile tea would help you drift off (it probably won't).

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