Missing Evidence

An inquiry into the delayed publication of government-comissioned research

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Nominations for the Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science

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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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Timeline

We deal with hundreds of enquiries every month; more than we could hope to include below.

Here is a chronology of some of the key events and publications from the last ten years:

Nov 2009 

Dec 2012 

Plant Science Panel

Plant science panel launched 

 

Briefing on public interest defence for libel

Nov 2012 

2012 Winners

Winners of the inaugural Maddox prize announced 

Jul 2012 

Sense About Lie Detectors

Sense About Lie Detectors 

 

Sense About Science at ESOF, Dublin 

 

Peer review: The nuts and bolts Image

Peer Review: The nuts and bolts

Jun 2012 

Dara and Brian with petition

Rally for a public interest defence for libel

May 2012 

Libel reform announced in the Queen's speech 

 

Rothamsted Appeal

Rothamsted's appeal to protestors

 Apr 2012 

Professor Paul Hardaker

Professor Paul Hardaker appointed as new chair


Lord Taverne

Annual Lecture: Lord Taverne, 'What has science ever done for us?'

  Mar 2012

Fukushima letter

EU Commission's communication following Fukushima

  Feb 2012

 

Libel Rally

Rally for libel reform 

 

AAAS 2012

Misreporting Fukushima, AAAS Vancouver

 

VoYS USA

Launch of VoYS USA - first workshop held in Cambridge MA

Jan 2012

Postcard

Ask for Evidence postcards

Dec 2011   

Celebrities and Science Review 2011

Celebrities and Science 2011

Nov 2011   

US interns

VoYS US interns

Sep 2011   

 

Ask for Evidence 

Ask for Evidence launched

   

South Africa VoYS 

Standing up for science, South Africa

Jul 2011   

World Conference of Science Journalism

World conference of science journalists, Doha

May 2011   

 

New website

New website launched  

   

 

peer review

Tracey Brown gives evidence to Peer Review Inquiry

    

 

Annual lecture 2011

Annual Lecture: Professor Richard Evans, 'Epidemics and refuseniks'

   

CSF

Cambridge science festival, Boston

Apr 2011   

New office

Sense About Science moves to 14A Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DP

Mar 2011   

Draft Defamation Bill

Government's draft Defamation Bill published

 

 

Government's draft bill

What should a Defamation Bill contain?

Feb 2011   

MHRA

A call to the MHRA for clear labelling of homeopathic products

Jan 2011   

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg commits to libel reform in speech on civil liberties

   

New Year's Dissolutions

New Year's dissolutions

Dec 2010

Celebrities and Science 2010

  

 

Cape Town

National Research Foundation, Cape Town

Nov 2010   

Libel reform one year on

Libel reform campaign 'one year on'

    

Dalia Neild

'Boob job' cream and other libel threats

Sep 2010   

VoYS Stunt

VoYS school of old wives’ traditional medicine

Aug 2010

MJA award

Health charity of the year at the Medical Journalist's Association 2010 awards

Jul 2010   

ESOF

'Warriors against claptrap' and 'What’s up with peer review?' ESOF 2010, Turin

   

Annual Lecture 2010

Annual Lecture: Dr Fiona Godlee, 'It’s time to stand up for science once more'

Jun 2010  

 

Blog

Start of the Sense About Science blog

May 2010   

 

Making Sense of Statistics

Making Sense of Statistics

   

Cambridge Science Festival

Standing up for science, Cambridge science festival, Boston

Apr 2010   

Jack Straw 

Mass lobby of Parliament for libel law reform

Mar 2010   

 

Big Libel Gig Dara O'Briain  

The Big Libel Gig

   

Prof Francisco Lacerda 

Lie detectors and libel

Jan 2010   

celebs

Celebrities and Science 2009 

Dec 2009

Campaign launch

Libel reform campaign

 

Sense About Systematic Reviews 

Sense About Systematic Reviews

 

Ministerial Code

Principles for the Treatment of Independent Scientific Advice in the Ministerial Code

  Oct 2009

Screening headlines 

Making Sense of Screening

Sep 2009

PR Survey

Preliminary results of the Peer Review Survey 2009 launched

 Aug 2009

 

WHO

"Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO" BBC

Jun 2009   

Sense of Chiropractic

Sense About Chiropractic


KLOS

Keep libel laws out of science campaign launched


Homeopathy Open Letter

VoYS succeeds in getting WHO to condemn homeopathy for treatment of serious diseases

Mar 2009

Annual Lecture 2009

Annual Lecture: Dr Olivia Judson, 'Why experiment?'

Feb 2009   

Making Sense of GM

Making Sense of GM

Jan 2009 

Standing up for Science II

Standing up for Science II: the Nuts and Bolts

   

Detox Dossier Coverage

The Detox Dossier

Dec 2008

Celebrities and Science Review 2008

Celebrities and Science 2008

   

Peer Review Workshop

First peer review workshop: Research, publishing it, reviewing it, and talking about it publicly

Nov 2008 

VoYS Workshop 2008

First Scottish Standing up for science media workshop

   

I've got nothing to lose by trying it

I've got nothing to lose by trying it

   

EBM Matters

Evidence based medicine matters

Oct 2008   

Education Resource 

Peer review education resource

 

Sense of Anti-EMF

Sense About Anti-EMF Products

 

Making Sense of Radiation 

Making Sense of Radiation

May 2008 

Brain Gym

Sense About Brain Gym

Apr 2008   

VoYS Workshop 2008

First Manchester Standing up for science media workshop

Mar 2008 

 

Making Sense of Testing

Making Sense of Testing

Feb 2008   

Annual Lecture 2008

Annual Lecture: Professsor Alan Sokal, 'What is science and why should we care?'

Jan 2008 

Celebrities

Celebrities and Science 2007

Oct 2007

 TGTSB

There Goes the Science Bit...

   

MRI2007

Physical Agents (EMF) Directive delayed

Mar 2007   

weather2007

Making Sense of Weather and Climate

 

audience2007 
Annual Lecture: Professor Raymond Tallis, 'Longer, healthier, happier?'

Jan 2007

 celebs2007 
First Celebrities and Science

Sep 2006

Sense About Homeopathy

Sense About Homeopathy

    

Standing up for Science 

Standing up for Science

Jul 2006

For the Record

The first for the record responds to 'the hormone scandal' 

 

newsnight

Newsnight investigation: Malaria advice 'risks lives'

May 2006 

 

The Times

"NHS told to abandon alternative medicine" on the front page of The Times

Apr 2006  

Sense About Bird Flu

Sense About Bird Flu

Mar 2006 

Annual Lecture 2006 

Annual Lecture: Sir John Krebs FRS, 'Scientific advice, impartiality and policy'

Jan 2006

Making Sense of Chemical Stories 

Making Sense of Chemical Stories

 Nov 2005

I Don't Know What to Believe

I Don’t Know What to Believe

Sept 2005   

PAD campaign 

Campaign to repeal the Physical Agents Directive

  Jul 2005

Sense About Energy Gap

 

Sense About The Energy Gap

Feb 2005

Dixon and Husband 

Radiology and Diagnosis briefing

Sep 2004

VoYS Network

First Standing up for science media workshop: start of Voice of Young Science network (VoYS)

May 2004

Peer Review

 

Peer Review and the Acceptance of New Scientific Ideas

Oct 2003 

 

Sense About Science

Sense About Science formalised as a Charitable Trust (1101114)

   

 

GM letter to Blair

Scientists write to Tony Blair on failure to tackle misconceptions about GM

May 2003

Declaration of Trust formalised with the Charity Commision

 

Conway

Gordan Conway gives speech on 'Biotechnology and hunger'


 

Publicgoodplantbreeding

‘Public-good plant breeding: what are the international priorities?’ with the Natural History Museum 

Apr 2003   

 

Vandalism of crop research

 

Vandalism of crop research trials, survey findings 

Dec 2002

EvidenceBase

Evidence Base is active, linking scientists with the public. Notable subjects were MRSA, MMR and Vitamin D

Jul 2002

AdvisoryCouncil

 

Board of Trustees and Advisory Council established

 

 

EvidenceBase

 

Evidence base established: our database of experts who want to put good science at the heart of public discussion

 Apr 2002

Tracey Brown

 

Sense About Science set up and Tracey Brown recruited as director

 Oct 2001

Lord Taverne

Dick Taverne works with leading figures in the world of science and medicine to set up an initiative that will put evidence at the heart of public discussion