Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Past VoYS USA events
The most recent VoYS Standing up for Science media workshop was held in Cambridge, MA on April 24th 2012, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Photos of the day:
See the discussion around April 24 workshop on twitter.
Science in the media
Speakers include: Dr Shawn Douglas, fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; Professor Lorna Gibson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT; Dr Willy Lensch, Principal Faculty and Faculty Director of Education, Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
What journalists are looking for
Speakers include: Gino del Guercio, documentary filmmaker, Adjunct Professor, Boston University’s College of Communication; Tinker Ready, freelance health and science writer, Boston Health News & Nature Boston; Stephen Smith, City Editor, Boston Globe.
Standing up for science; the nuts and bolts
Speakers include: B. D. Colen, Sr. Communications Officer for University Science, Harvard University; Leonor Sierra, International Science and Policy Manager, Sense About Science, Luke Stoeckel, Director of Clinical Neuroscience and Staff Training, MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine, & VoYS US Representative.
For further information see our flyer.
VoYS USA held its first Standing Up for Science media workshop on 10th February 2012 at the Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA.
Photos of the day:
Read participants' comments and blogs about the workshop here: First Sense About Science US Workshop was tremendous, Standing up for Science, part 1, Standing up for Science, part 2.
See the discussion around the day on twitter as captured by a Storify.
Our next VoYS Standing Up for Science media workshop is on Friday 3rd October at the Society of Chemical Industry, London. Applications are now open!
Top tip 1: Ask for Evidence. If you’re being sold a product or asked to believe a claim then you deserve to know whether it’s based on evidence – or imagination.
Top tip 2: Detox. It’s a marketing myth – our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.
Top tip 3: Superfood. There is no such thing, just foods that are high in some nutrients.
Top tip 4: Cleansing. You shouldn’t be trying to cleanse anything other than your skin or hair.
Top tip 5: If it sounds too good to be true… it probably is.