Annual Lecture 2015: The Ugly Truth

by Tracey Brown, director of Sense About Science

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AllTrials launched in the US with 50 supporting organisations

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Plant Science Panel

Insecticides, biofuels, GMOs …

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Ask for Evidence

in policy, advertising, media and more ...

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Upcoming Standing up for Science media workshops

Every year we hold four Standing up for Science media workshops for early career researchers: in London, Manchester, Scotland and - for the first time in 2015 - Warwick.

VoYS media workshop

Workshops are aimed at PhD students, postdocs or equivalent in a first job. There are 40 places available, with priority places offered for those who are members of or funded by the workshop's partner organisations. If you have any questions about the workshops, email Victoria.

In 2016 we will be hosting workshops in the following locations (details to be confirmed):

University of Manchester

University of Warwick



We start taking applications about 2 months before a workshop. Check back here for more information in early 2016, or get in touch with Victoria.


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Photos: Tom Donald

VoYS workshop Glasgow

Photo: Sense About Science

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  • 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.

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