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Science Communication

Posted 02/05/2016

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Science Communication.

The Advice Paper stresses the importance of science to British culture and recommends that a 'science communication champion' in government should be identified to take on responsibility for this area.

The RSE notes with concern that it is easier to win funding for new and original projects, aimed at engaging the public in science, than to receive continuing funding for a programme that has proved worthwhile.  Government and other funding streams must endevour to, not only assist with new projects, but also with roll out if these prove successful.

The paper also stresses the importance of scientific advisors being granted adequate access to policymakers.

The full response can be viewed here.   

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