Annual Lecture 2015: The Ugly Truth

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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Plant Science Panel

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in policy, advertising, media and more ...

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Peer review workshops

Find out about peer review.
Debate challenges to the system.
Discuss the role of peer review for scientists and the public.

Peer review workshop discussion

In 2015, Sense About Science held two workshops on Peer Review in London and Scotland. "Peer Review: the nuts & bolts" is a free half-day workshop for early career researchers and explores how peer review works, how to get involved, the challenges to the system, and the role of peer review in helping the public to evaluate research claims. Find out more about peer review in this guide, or read about past peer review workshops.

SAGE offices, London, Friday 29th May: 2-5pm. The panel discussion for this workshop was streamed via Google hangout from 3pm-4:30pm BST (10am-11:30am EDT). See a summary of the day here.

Glasgow Caledonian University, Thursday 17th September: 2-5pm. See a summary of the day here.

In partnership with

2015 Peer review workshop partners



BioMed Central
Portland Press
Taylor & Francis

And the host for our Scottish workshop, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Contact Victoria with any queries. 

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  • Top tip 2: Detox. It’s a marketing myth – our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.

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  • 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.

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