We are working for a future where more people have a say in the future of health and research.
We divide our work into two main areas: public dialogue, which is focused around policy, and public engagement, which aims to open up medical and health research to new audiences.
Our public engagement works aims to engage patients, the public and professionals with biomedical and health research.
Find out more about our most ambitous project to date, The Departure Lounge, which aims to encourage conversations about death and dying.
How can we make technology work for us in healthcare? Professor Trisha Greenhalgh OBE FMedSci, Professor of Primary Health Care Services, University of Oxford
Our public dialogue works aims to ensure our policy advice is shaped by the views of wider society. Public dialogue has formed a key part of several of our major policy reports, including:
The Academy is a highly valued source of comment on medical science in the media. We work with journalists and the Science Media Centre to enable our Fellows and grant awardees to comment on medical science stories in broadcast and print media.
Our award-winning media training has contributed to improving gender diversity in the media, with the ratio of female to male experts quoted in the media now around 2:1, down from a shocking 4:1 in 2014. Read more about our efforts to support diversity in the media in our Equality and Diversity section.
A full archive of press releases issued by the Academy is available here.
We support a culture in which medical scientists are encouraged to communicate about their work, and about their lives outside work.
We ensure the early career researchers we support are given opportunities to develop their communications skills through providing training and skills workshops and advice for getting the most out of a career in science on our Learning Hub. We are signatories to both the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.
We also encourage researchers at all stages of their careers to share their stories and advice for others through the MedSciLife project.