We are working for a future where more people have a say in the future of health and research.
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.
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 encourage researchers to share their stories and advice for others through the MedSciLife project and are signatories to both the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research and the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.
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 major policy reports, including: Brain science, addiction and drugs (2008); Animals containing human material (2011); Health of the public in 2040 (2016); How can we all best use evidence? (2017), and Use of patient data in healthcare technology (2018).
Our public engagement works aims to engage patients, the public and professionals, opening up medical and health research to new audiences.. In 2019, we opened a pop-up shop and digital campaign to encourage conversations about death and dying. The Departure Lounge was visited by over 2000 people, and is now expanding around the UK through flat pack versions used by hospices, end of life care workers and more. We have also worked with researchers to create AMSlive: short, powerful videos explaining people's science to a broader audience - watch one of the talks below and find them all on our YouTube channel.