The Academy submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to inform its inquiry into science communication.Status: Completed
Science Communication inquiry
In April 2016, the Academy submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to inform its inquiry into science communication. The inquiry will investigate how Government, scientists, the media and others engage with the public to facilitate awareness of and engagement in scientific research.
The consultation follows a 2014 report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which found that while public interest in science was high, there was a lack of awareness of how scientists work, and public concern about the trustworthiness of mainstream science journalism.
Our submission drew on the expertise of our Fellowship and examined current trends in public attitudes to scientific research. Our suggested future priorities include:
- Promoting public awareness of how scientists do research.
- Engaging a wider public to improve health literacy.
- Supporting scientists in engaging with the media.
- Incentivising scientists to engage with the public.
- Using open public dialogue to inform policy making.