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July 2014Letter to Mr Juncker: Scientific scrutiny in Europe is essential
We and many organisations across Europe have written to President elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to ask him not to abolish the post of Chief Scientific Advisor. Our letter is in response to a call from environmental NGOs to “scrap this position.
The Defamation Act 2013 must be extended to Scotland. Can you join us in Edinburgh on Thursday 17th July at 5 pm?
The Medical Innovation Bill, a private member’s bill that has been taken up by the government, aims to prevent doctors from being sued for negligence when they use a novel or innovative treatment. It passed Second Reading in the Lords on 27th June 2014 and now goes to Committee.
Today we are launching the Spanish translation of Sense About Homeopathy.
June 2014But does it make us safer?
Sense About Science, the Royal Statistical Society and charities including Samaritans, INQUEST and Scottish Cot Death Trust have written to the Prime Minister calling for him to change the law so that deaths are recorded on the national register without delay. Currently, sudden infant deaths, drug related deaths, suicides, deaths in prison or police custody and unexplained deaths can take up to two and a half years to be registered, so statisticians, public health officials and researchers don’t know about them.
We are running four sessions at the EuroScience Open Forum conference in Copenhagen, 21st – 26th June. Join us if you can.
The EMA is going to remove on-screen-only access clause from its data sharing policy
May 2014AllTrials video - Make Clinical Clinical Trials Count
Have you seen claims about fertility?
We’re taking the Ask for Evidence campaign to the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes ‘Day of Discovery’ on the 15th of May.
April 2014Ask for Evidence on migraine claims
Have you seen claims about migraine?
Can you join us next week to start the campaign for libel reform in Northern Ireland?
Sense about Science carried out five workshops over two years, prior to the recent launch of the health atlas from the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU).
The John Maddox Prize rewards an individual who has promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest. Its emphasis is on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so.
New law will ensure drug trials in Europe are registered and results reported
March 2014Q&A on plastic packaging
Send us your questions about plastic packaging for a Q&A with experts from the British Plastics Federation and independent toxicologists.
Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered. The new Clinical Trial Regulation, if it’s passed in the form it’s in now, would mean that every drug clinical trial done in the EU would have to be registered before it begins and results published in a publicly accessible EU database.
The government has delayed or failed to release reports on the increased use of food banks and on immigration, despite guidelines that urge prompt publication.
February 2014Ask for Evidence at the Brighton Science Festival
We’ve teamed up with the Brighton Skeptics in the Pub for a session at the Brighton Science Festival.
Join us in Boston for the official Emerson College Ask for Evidence campaign release party
We are running two events at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago, on hazards and Ask for Evidence.
An upcoming talk about extraordinarily improbable events - and why they keep happening.
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January 2014Help secure new EU clinical trial regulation
Please write to your MEP to urge them to vote in favour of new law.
Lots of people have been helping us Ask for Evidence behind the "5 a day" message in the UK and elsewhere.