To fulfil its mission the Academy must maintain effective dialogue with a range of stakeholders, particularly patients and the public.
We aim to ensure that our policy advice is shaped by the views of wider society, and we provide public platforms for our Fellows to share their knowledge and expertise with non-scientific audiences.
Recent public dialogue activities have included:
- drugsfutures (part of Brain science, addiction and drugs)
- Exploring the boundaries (part of Animals containing human material)
- Health, lies and videotape (part of Health of the public in 2040)
- How can we all best use evidence? (currently ongoing)
We also encourage researchers at all stages of their careers to talk about their work. See some of our recent "Top ten tips" articles:
The Academy runs a diverse range of events for both academic and non-academic audiences.
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 to comment on medical science stories in broadcast and print media.
A full archive of press releases issued by the Academy is available in our News section.
We have also been working with our Fellows to increase gender diversity in the media, including providing specialist training to some of the women in our Fellowship.
We support a culture in which medical scientists are encouraged to communicate their work. The Academy is a formal supporter of the RCUK Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.
We ensure the early career researchers we interact with through our grants, training and mentoring schemes are given opportunities to increase their communications skills and to engage in public dialogue about their work, including offering Communications Prizes at our events and providing training and skills workshops.
The public, particularly as patients, play an important role in research, health and healthcare and the Academy works to ensure our policy advice is shaped by the views of the wider society.
We look to build on our previously successful projects and develop new partnerships to help increase public input to our advice and our choice of projects.
We have partnered with organisations working to promote expression, communication and understanding of people affected by illness to provide opportunities for dialogue between patients and researchers.
We have also invited patient representatives to act as judges at our Careers events, an initiative we are hoping to expand.
The Academy are supporters of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and the RCUK Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.