Think-Lab's Capsule Library

libraryHere you'll find details of key readings in science communication - it is not intended to be comprehensive but instead points you to the most significant publcations in the field over the past fifteen years.


ROYAL SOCIETY (1985) The Public Understanding of Science - The Bodmer Report. The Royal Society, London.
The report that started it all off (this time round!)

SCIENCE and SOCIETY (2000) House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. The Stationery Office, London.
The so-called 'Jenkins Report' that heralded the move from deficit to dialogue

Gregory J, Miller S. (1998) Science in Public. Plenum, London
Everything you've ever needed to know about the history, philosophy and practice of science communication. Read this if nothing else!

Nelkin Dorothy, Selling Science (2nd Ed.), San Francisco, Freeman, 1995.
A classic critical account of how reporters cover the actions of government departments and private corporations concerned with science

DURANT, John, EVANS, Geoffrey and THOMAS, Geoffrey (1985) The Public Understanding of Science, volume 340, pages 11-14.
The results of the first survey into UK attitudes to science

WELLCOME TRUST (2000) A review of science communication and public attitudes to science in Britain. A joint report by the Office of Science and Technology and the Wellcome Trust. London; The Wellcome Trust.
More research into public attitudes to science in UK

DEMOS (2004) See Through Science
In See-through Science, James Wilsdon and Rebecca Willis argue that we are on the cusp of a new phase in debates over science and society. Public engagement is about to move upstream.