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Experiments in public engagement, pioneered by the Sciencewise programme, are one of the quiet success stories of UK science policy over the past decade.The need for researchers to escape the lab or the seminar room from time to time, and talk to the wider public about the work that they do, and why it matters, is now such an established feature of the academic landscape that it’s easy to forget how far and fast we’ve travelled.From the paternalistic if well-intended talk of […]
Recent proposals for biological deterrence shouldn’t spoil the 40th birthday party of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. But they serve as a reminder of the need to guard against the creeping legitimization of biological weapons. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), which entered into force on 26 March 1975. This disarmament agreement, which now binds 173 countries, prohibits the development, production, stockpiling acquisition […]
On the 40th birthday of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, we look back on an important moment in the history of science, technology and arms controlOn this day in March 1975 dignitaries gathered at ceremonies in London, Washington D.C. and Moscow to celebrate the entry into force of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (known as the BWC). Entry into force meant the terms of this international treaty, outlawing germ warfare, had now gained legal traction. Today’s […]
The intergovernmental panel on climate change is a vital but embattled organisation. With the resignation of its chair, Rajendra Pacharuri, there is an opportunity for renewal. Here, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, one of the candidates to succeed Pachauri, sets out his stall.With the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in December this year (COP21) and the decisions beginning to be made about the next (6th) IPCC Assessment, both international climate policy and climate science are at a crossroads. I […]
Innovate UK, the £500m quango responsible for funding innovation and technology, has appointed Ruth McKernan as its new CEO. Stian Westlake offers her five ideas for the organisation’s future.Dear Dr McKernan,Congratulations on the new job. It’s great to see a senior scientist with deep expertise in both research and business taking over at Innovate UK. Continue reading...
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