Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Tracey Brown, managing director
Tracey joined Sense About Science as director in its founding year 2002. Tracey has a background in social research, and previously spent four years working on a European Commission programme to establish social research and teaching in the former Soviet Union, and a year setting up a commercially based risk analysis centre. Tracey is a trustee of Centre of the Cell and MATTER. In 2009 she became a commissioner for the UK Drugs Policy Commission. She sits on the Outreach Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 2009 was made a Friend of the College. Tracey became a member of the Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Board in 2011. She is also trustee of Jurassica and treasurer of DCA Hernhill Junior FC. Read some of Tracey's articles here.
Prateek Buch, director of public policy
Prateek joined the Sense about Science team in September 2013 as Director of the new Public Policy Unit, focussing on the use and misuse of evidence in politics and governance. He has over ten years’ experience as a research scientist, spanning a PhD and post-doctoral research developing disease models and gene therapies for sight loss at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IOO). Between 2011-2013, Prateek ran a comprehensive Patient and Public Engagement progamme at the UCL IOO, communicating his lab’s research through a new website, blogs, social media and patient awareness events. Prateek has participated in Sense about Science campaigns such as Libel Reform and AllTrials, and is on the Science is Vital Executive. He has several years’ experience as a policy-maker in Westminster, advocating an evidence-based approach through his election to the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee and his work with the Social Liberal Forum.
Ian Bushfield, campaigns support officer
Ian joined Sense About Science in 2014 as Campaigns Support Officer. He supports all Sense About Science’s campaigns but has a particular focus on the AllTrials campaign including developing the campaign website and materials and coordinating supporter communications.Before moving to the UK, he earned a Masters degree in physics in Canada. There he also worked as Executive Director for the British Columbia Humanist Association and Director of Development for the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia. He has volunteered for a number of science outreach organisations in Canada and the UK.
Max Goldman, development officer
Max joined Sense About Science in March 2013, working specifically for the Ask for Evidence campaign. Prior to working with Sense About Science, Max completed a Masters of Research degree at the London Consortium, a cross-disciplinary group of museums, galleries and academic institutions designed to bridge the gap between public and academic discussion. His dissertation explored the relationship between scientific progress and the public perception of science, and it is this that got him interested in the great work that Sense About Science does. Previously to that, Max worked in an advertising agency and he also has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Emily started working at Sense About Science as assistant director in November 2011. She has nine years experience in scientific publishing. Between 2006 and 2011 she worked at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as the managing editor of the international, peer reviewed journal BJOG. Her positions before that have included, assistant editor at the Novartis Foundation, a small science charity promoting excellence in science and over two years as a biological patent analyst for Thomson Scientific. She has a degree in Biological Science from UMIST, Manchester. Emily also volunteers for a UK wide young person’s helpline. Read some of Emily's articles here.
Síle Lane, director of campaigns
Síle joined Sense About Science as Public Liaison in February 2009 from a career as a stem cell researcher. As Public Liaison Síle worked with regulatory bodies, civic society organisations, the media and policy makers to ensure the public always has access to the best science and evidence. She supported patient groups and medical research charities to promote the tools of scientific thinking and challenge misleading claims. In June 2009 Sense About Science launched the Keep Libel Laws out of Science campaign to reform the UK’s outdated libel laws which inhibit scientific discussion worldwide. Síle manages this campaign and has submitted evidence to Parliamentary and Government enquiries; written for and appeared on national and international media; chaired debates with leading scientists, editors and commentators; organised the fundraising Big Libel Gig at the Palace Theatre, London; and mobilised 55,000 supporters, 60 organisations and hundreds of public figures. The campaign has recently led to the publication of a draft Government libel reform bill. Síle became Campaigns Manager in 2011 and is developing a new dedicated campaigns unit to popularise our approach to standing up for science. Read articles by Sile here.
Victoria Murphy, programme manager
Victoria is Programme Manager at Sense About Science. She coordinates the VoYS (Voice of Young Science) programme, working with over 20 partners to deliver four media workshops and two peer review workshops each year for early career researchers. She also liaises with the VoYS network of 1800 early career researchers and coordinates projects on issues that matter to them. Victoria manages Sense About Science events including an annual lecture - a key event on our calendar attended by an audience of policy makers, scientists, academics, clinicians, public figures and journalists. Victoria launched the inaugural John Maddox Prize for standing up for science in 2012, a joint initiative of Nature Publishing Group, the Kohn Foundation and Sense About Science. Victoria coordinates this now annual prize to recognise those who stand up for science. Before joining the team in September 2011 as events and campaigns officer, Victoria worked in the mining industry and science outreach. Read articles by Victoria here.
Chris Peters, scientific liaison
Chris joined Sense About Science as Campaigns and Policy officer in October 2012. Chris has a PhD in plant biology from the University of Sheffield where he also completed his undergraduate masters in biological sciences. Prior to joining Sense About Science, Chris worked as a policy intern at the British Ecological Society and as a blog writer/researcher intern at Carbon Brief. Chris is supporting the Ask for Evidence and Libel Reform campaigns as well as running the plant science panel.
Lauren Tedaldi, project support officer
Lauren is the Project Support Officer at Sense About Science. Since starting in March 2014, she has been involved in launching the new edition of 'Making Sense of Chemical Stories' and is currently supporting 'Is there a Link?' and 'Making Sense of Allergies'. She has a research background in synthetic chemistry and chemical biology from a PhD at University College London and post-doctoral research at King’s College London, investigating inflammation, asthma and cancer. She is a member of ScienceGrrl, an organisation that promotes women and girls in science.
Julia Wilson, development manager
Julia is Development Manager at Sense About Science. She is responsible for Sense About Science's fundraising activities and partnerships as well as the international programme of work and communications. Julia launched the Ask for Evidence campaign in Boston in February 2013 and oversaw the launch of the US version of our public guide to peer review. She previously coordinated the Voice of Young Science programme where she headed a campaign that pressured the W.H.O. to respond to the promotion of homeopathy for serious diseases in Africa, and has held many Standing up for Science media workshops in the UK and internationally including South Africa. Julia has a degree in Biology from the University of Manchester and joined the Sense About Science team in April 2009. Read articles by Julia here.
Leonor Sierra, US coordinator
Leonor is Senior Science Writer and Press Officer at the University of Rochester in the US and also coordinates our US programme on a voluntary basis. Leonor has a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from Cambridge University, where she specialised in Physics. She joined Sense About Science in February 2008 as Scientific Liaison and in 2010, Leonor took on the role of Science and Policy Manager. Her responsibilities included scrutiny of science policy, responding to consultations and coordinating “Making Sense of” guides. In 2011 she took on the development of Sense About Science's international work. Read some of Leonor's articles here.
Lindsay Hogg, Scottish coordinator
Lindsay is a Senior Investigator Scientist at MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. She is working on a project called 'Telling good science from bad science' to develop a toolkit to help distinguish good evidence from bad evidence. Lindsay joined Sense About Science in 2010, as the Assistant Director and she now coordinates our Scottish programme on a voluntary basis. She is also currently working on Sense About CSI and the reprint of Making Sense of Chemical Stories. She previously worked at the Glasgow Science Centre where she project managed and developed exhibitions targeted at different audiences on topics from forces, perception or physiology to the ethical implications of scientific endeavour. She has worked in public engagement with science for over 10 years, developing educational activities including shows, workshops, exhibits and games. Lindsay studied genetics at the University of Edinburgh and has a Masters in science communication. Lindsay also sits on the community advisory board of the MRC-HPA centre and is a reviewer for the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant scheme for public engagement with engineering.
Brian has a degree in Physics from Queen Mary, London University and a doctorate from Oxford University where he researched the action of cardiac glycosides on the contractility of cardiac muscle. Following post-doctoral research as a member of the cardiac electro-physiology team led by the eminent British biologist and founding member of Save British Science, Denis Noble, Brian spent thirty years running a musical instrument manufacturing firm and performing professionally on TV, radio, film, recordings and concert platforms as a recorder player. He began working as a volunteer for Sense About Science in December 2010, since when he has been developing the CMS database that supports our events, campaigns, projects and general client relationships.
Grace recently graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences, having specialised in Genetics. She has a keen interest in science policy, and has been on the committee of Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE), an organisation run by and for early-career researchers interested in the relationship between science and policy. Previously, Grace interned at the Wellcome Trust, where her work focused on how to incentivise data sharing in scientific research. Having developed an interest in the complex interplay between the media, public perceptions of science, and policy formation, Grace is greatly looking forward to gaining experience at Sense About Science.
Indi has a background in researching the body clock in relation to development and also worked in public health at Cancer Research UK. Indi has a great deal of public engagement experience - it was this enthusiasm to share her love of science with the public and explain it in an understandable way that led her to discover Sense About Science in 2008 when she attended a VoYS workshop. She shares Sense About Science’s values and volunteered in the office, at events, and from home doing some remote editing. Indi supported several different projects and events when she volunteered at Sense About Science in 2013, including the update of the 'I've Got Nothing to Lose' guide, launch of the 'Evidence Based Medicine Matters' guide at Westminster, Ask for Evidence, VoYS campaigns and workshops, and the 2013 Annual Lecture. Indi is volunteering at Sense About Science in July 2014 and is a member of VoYS. She is also London chapter lead for ScienceGrrl, a voluntary grass-roots organisation celebrating women in science and passing that enthusiasm on to the next generation.
Natasha has recently returned from living in Japan where she was Science and Innovation research assistant at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Whilst there she helped to organise an international conference on the Communication of Risk in the Nuclear Industry, which was chaired by Sense About Science trustee, Nick Ross. Previously, Natasha was Assistant Press Officer at the Royal Society, promoting new research and producing the Society’s podcast. She has also worked with the SMC, the Natural History Museum, BBC Horizon and The One Show. She has a degree in Maths and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Alongside volunteering at Sense about Science, Natasha is a freelance researcher for the insect appreciation festival, ‘Pestival’.
Lucy graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc in Biology and has since pursued a career in science communication. She has a great understanding of the biological world and loves sharing this information with others, so she started writing for the student newspaper and set up a science blog to share scientific stories. Through work experience with the BBC Lucy learnt how scientific topics are portrayed to the general public and has since carried out research for upcoming documentaries. She has also worked as a children’s science presenter at schools and private functions. By volunteering with Sense About Science, she hopes to learn new skills from the team and gain some great experience.
Tabitha Innocent, adviser
Tabitha was the Scientific Liaison at Sense About Science, coordinating our work with scientists to respond to misconceptions about science and evidence in public debate. She was responsible for communications including our newsletter; and for matching scientists with projects and requests for help from journalists and civic groups. Projects included a working group to produce a public guide, Making Sense of Uncertainty; and developing a guide to help people question stories about research on links between exposures and lifestyle. She worked on Sense About Genetic Ancestry, and edited the 2011 and 2012 'Celebrities and Science' reviews, giving interviews for national and international media. Tabitha joined Sense About Science in August 2010. She previously worked with the Science Media Centre, BIS and the Human Tissue Authority, and has a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh.
Mark worked at Sense About Science from September 2011 - January 2012. He became interested in public outreach and scientific policy while studying for an Astrophysics Ph.D. While volunteering for Sense About Science in 2010, he undertook a Medical Statistics MSc. While working for Sense About Science he has been involved in a number of activities, including: issues surrounding the restructuring of the ACMD - including drafting evidence to parliamentary select committees, drafting a peer-review guide for early–career researchers, editing documents, including the annual ‘Celebrities and Science’ publication, organising workshops, annual lecture, and annual reception, and website management. He now provides us with website statistics in a voluntary capacity.
Maria Kuźma-Kuźniarska, Designer
Maria holds a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Gdansk, Poland and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher at Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), Oxford University. She is also a freelance biomedical illustrator and figurative artist. Maria has supported Sense About Science as a volunteer graphic designer since 2012.