Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Sense about Science works with scientists and members of the public to change public debates and to equip people to make sense of science and evidence.
Sense about Science responds to hundreds of requests for independent advice and questions on scientific evidence each year. We chase down dodgy science and mobilise networks of scientists and community groups to counter it. We also invite scientists to publish corrections of misreported research in our 'For the record' section.
Where we are constantly fire-fighting on a particular issue, we work with scientists and members of the public to draw out the underlying assumptions and to address misconceptions. Examples of this can be seen in the Making Sense of… series and other projects.
Underpinning this, Sense about Science runs programmes to promote general understanding of scientific evidence, such as use of statistics, the process of peer review and how to design a fair test to see whether medicines work.
Sense about Science’s campaigns involve wide collaboration across society to make a permanent difference across all areas of our work and to create an environment that supports open public discussion about scientific research, free from intimidation, hysteria and political pressure.
To do all of this we call on our database of over 6,000 specialists and hundreds of community, civic and scientific groups who give their time and support to our efforts.
The Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network of early career researchers has grown up around Sense about Science and runs many of its own campaigns as well as publications and workshops to help others to stand up for science.