Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
The Sense About Science Annual Lecture is widely anticipated and attracts an audience - of policy makers, scientists, academics, clinicians, public figures, journalists, writers and representatives of organisations from many professions and sections of civic society - which reflects the broad-ranging work of our charity to help people to make sense of science and evidence.
Previous speakers including Lord Taverne, founding chair of Sense About Science; Sir Lord Krebs of Oxford University; medic and philosopher Raymond Tallis and Editor-in Chief of the BMJ, Fiona Godlee have helped to establish the lecture’s reputation as a thought-provoking event, as well as an occasion to take stock of recent challenges and achievements in science and public discussion.
Professor Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford, gave the Sense About Science Annual Lecture on 14th November. Professor Rayner's lecture, 'Science, Technology and Democracy: Dissecting the Anatomies of Controversy' looked at the controversy around climate change and efforts to improve the role of science and evidence in policy.