Science and Society
Science's relationship with the public has never been more important nor more problematic. Building an effective relationship means that science must listen to the views of society and reflect and demonstrate these public values, through dialogue and effective two-way communication.
Since 2004, Think-Lab has managed Small Talk, a collaboration between the BA, the Royal Institution, Cheltenham Science Festival and ECSITE-UK, exploring the aspirations and concerns of scientists and the public about nanotechnologies and Sharing these views with policymakers.
The project aims to provide coherence to a range of activities around the UK focused on discussing nanotechnologies with the public and scientists, helping the science community, science communicators and policymakers to learn more about these views and about the process of working together to gather these views
Science in Society
In the new post-Jenkin age of dialogue, the Royal Society set up their Science in Society programme in 2001, in order to encourage scientists and the public to meet and build a better understanding of one another and the help the public better influence science policymaking.
The 2002-03 programme culminated in a National Forum event, where 350 members of the public, scientists and policymakers met to discuss the implications of genetic testing. Think-Lab worked with the Royal Society and PEALS to develop a programme for the day and recruit participants. The key decisions of the day were presented in a report to government and regulatory bodies and formed a significant part of the 2003 White Paper on Genetics.