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'The Ugly Truth'

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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Annual Lecture 2015

The Ugly Truth

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

Chaired by Adam Rutherford

Our tenth annual Sense About Science lecture took place on Monday 28th September 2015 at the British Library.

Read Tracey's article in the Guardian introducing the lecture here and a podcast of the lecture is avaliable on the Guardian Science website.

Photos from the evening can be found here and you can watch the video below.

Tracey and Adam

We want the best available knowledge and we want decisions to be based on it. We want to know what really works to prevent crime, whether the climate will warm by four degrees, who’s right about the cause of obesity and why bee populations are declining. People should get the truth, right? But evidence is messy so the true picture is often squashed by the certainty of campaigners, companies and politicians. Or lost in anxieties about what the public could handle. Tracey spoke about the good, the bad and the ugly from over a decade of persuading organisations to provide their evidence and encouraging the public to ask for it.

Tracey Brown

Our special thanks go to The British Library for kindly hosting the 2015 lecture, and our partners the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Society for Applied Microbiology, the Guardian, and the Wellcome Trust for their generous support.

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