Time to get out of the ghetto

日期:2019-03-02 08:01:02 作者:查囟 阅读:

British researchers may have to sing for their supper in future, all in the cause of furthering the public understanding of science. William Waldegrave, the science minister, said last week he wants scientists who receive substantial grants from research councils to do more to explain to lay audiences what they do with their money. In his speech to the BA, Waldegrave focused on improving public knowledge about science. He stressed the importance that awareness of science and technology plays in creating wealth and in debating ethical issues raised by advances in knowledge. ‘Part of the onus of this campaign to help the public understand must lie with individual scientists,’ he said. Speaking to researchers specifically, he added: ‘I also want you to shun the scientific ghetto which sometimes is part of the trouble.’ Waldegrave also pledged to set up an annual ‘science week’, with regional events across the country to promote science, technology and engineering. He announced a grant of £265 000 to the BA, of which around £80 000 would pay for the science week. The Edinburgh Science Festival will receive £60 000, and £100 000 will be set aside for individual projects. The money given to the BA will pay for three pilot schemes to spread the word about science in the North of England and the East Midlands. If they work well, Waldegrave hopes to make these events national within three years. The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, set up by the Sainsbury family, will match the government’s £265 000, and set up regional coordinators through its ‘industrial clubs’, which organise joint ventures between industry and schools. ‘I think we can promote events that will help to produce a body of people expert in propagation of propaganda for science,