Voice of Young Science Cuts Through the Fog

Weird and wonderful meteorological terms: take the quiz

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Measuring government transparency

New framework rates use of evidence

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'The Ugly Truth'

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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News and Comment

February 2016

Plant science panel member answering your questions on Reddit

Professor Huw Jones' 'AMA' (Ask Me Anything) will be on Thursday 4th February, at 4pm GMT.


January 2016

Measuring government transparency

Sense About Science, in partnership with Institute for Government and the Alliance for Useful Evidence, will be running an initial benchmarking exercise in 2016 to see how government is faring on evidence transparency.


'Haven’t the Foggiest' weather quiz launched today

Voice of Young Science members have today launched their latest campaign, a quiz to address misleading use of weather terms.


December 2015

“Best and Worst” of 2015

In 2015, 521 people used the AskforEvidence.org tool to ask organisations and people selling products for supporting information behind claims ranging from silver-lined underpants to London buses that run on used cooking oil.


‘Why “good energy policy” is difficult’

We are extremely proud to have helped organise a lecture given by Professor David MacKay in the House of Lords on Wednesday 2nd December 2015.


Christmas Reading Room 2015

Tis the season for our Christmas Reading Room, a collection of reading recommendations and gift suggestions from some of Sense About Science's trustees, staff and friends. This year’s suggestions range from Atul Gawande to Dr Seuss, Marble run to Pandemic, and with some waterproof socks thrown in for good measure .


November 2015

Call for evidence: inquiry into government research

Sense About Science is calling for evidence to our inquiry into the scale and causes of the delayed publication or withholding of government research.


Winners of the 2015 John Maddox Prize for standing up for science announced


October 2015

Live carbon capture and storage Q&A

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology extracts the waste carbon dioxide from power plants before storing it deep below the earth’s surface. Supporters claim that CCS can capture 90% of the CO2 produced from burning coal and gas, while the IPCC has highlighted the considerable potential of CCS for mitigating greenhouse gas levels over the coming century.


Show your workings

New framework released today to rate government transparency about its use of evidence.


Introducing our 2016 Ask for Evidence Ambassadors

Ten passionate early career researchers have been selected from over 100 applicants as our 2016 Ask for Evidence ambassadors.


Annual Lecture podcast


September 2015

A cipher machine used to hide secrets will be auctioned to help reveal medical secrets

We are delighted that Simon Singh, science writer and Sense About Science trustee, is auctioning his WW2 cipher machine to raise money for the AllTrials campaign and Good Thinking. The M-209 is a mechanical cipher machine used by the US military during the Second World War.


Peer Review Week

It’s the inaugural Peer Review week, running from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October.


Can you handle the truth? Read Tracey Brown's article

Ahead of her Sense About Science lecture, our director digs around the evidence with some uncomfortable concerns about accountability in public life


Inquiry into the non-publication of government research

Sense About Science is starting an inquiry into the delayed publication and suppression of government research.


Vacancy - Campaigns & Policy Officer

We are recruiting for this new post to support Sense About Science’s campaigns - including AllTrials, Ask for Evidence and the Libel Reform Campaign - and our policy and responsive work.


Ask for Evidence lesson plan launched today

We’ve been working with young people to help them develop the skills they need to critically assess claims online and prevent the spread of unquestioned information.


August 2015

Become an Ask for Evidence ambassador

Sense About Science is recruiting six ambassadors to represent the Ask for Evidence campaign and give talks to different groups across society.


Letter to Scottish Government from research organisations

28 research organisations have written an open letter to the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs Mr Richard Lochhead in response to his plan to ban GM in Scotland.


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