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Plant Science Panel

Insecticides, biofuels, GMOs …

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'The Ugly Truth'

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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Measuring government transparency

New framework rates use of evidence

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News and Comment

August 2016

Understanding health research

This week researchers at the University of Glasgow, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit launched Understanding Health Research, a new interactive website to help people go beyond the headlines and better understand health research. We helped in the development and promotion of this tool to make it as user-friendly as possible as part of our Ask for Evidence campaign.


July 2016

Join us at ESOF

We'll be at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF 2016) in Manchester, starting this weekend. We hope to see many of you there.


Save the date: Peer Review week 2016

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce that the 2nd Peer Review Week will be held from 19th to 25th September 2016


June 2016

Standing up for evidence and reason in Europe

A lot of people have contacted us in recent days worried that during the referendum debate it started to become more acceptable to openly and cynically embrace untrue statements and dismiss expertise, and wondering what this means for people who are working to achieve the opposite of that.


Parent-led tool shows value of public engagement

Website shares complex children's heart surgery data with families


Missing Evidence

Inquiry into delayed publication of government-commissioned research


May 2016

Call for volunteers: can you help us test how transparent government is?

We are calling for volunteers to help us rate how transparent government is at showing the evidence it uses to justify policies.


April 2016

Government announces suspension of 'anti-lobbying clause’

We are very pleased that the government has realised an exemption is not a solution to this clause.We described the reasons why here and in our correspondence with Matt Hancock and with peers in advance of their debate about it, and in our many calls to anyone in politics who would listen.


Maddox Prize: call for entries now open


2016 What Works Summit: call for submissions

We're organising the 2016 What Works Summit alongside the Campbell Collaboration, 3ie and the What Works Research Centre (Queen's University Belfast). Deadline for submissions is Monday, 25th April 2016.


March 2016

Government plans to stop publicly funded researchers influencing policy. Yes, really.


Stop the government 'anti-lobbying clause'

A proposed change to the wording of government grants would have a serious chilling effect on researchers and others speaking out.


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