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Sense About Science: standing up for research!

Stand Up For Your Research!

Are the public really post-truth and anti-expert? Has personality won out over evidence? Is the only good news fake news? What can you do to get your voice heard?

If you want to find out how to communicate your research and have impact on the pubic, come along to the Sense About Science: Standing Up For Research workshop.

Leah is a public engagement professional at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her background is in virology where she worked on mechanisms of cell death inhibition by Epstein-Barr virus in lymphoma. She is passionate that science should be for everyone and has been involved with a wide range of science communication, engagement and outreach organisations and initiatives over the past 5 years, including being a Voice of Young Science member and an Ask For Evidence ambassador. The Voice of Young Science network and Ask For Evidence campaign aim to put research in the hands of public and to support researchers in that engagement and are both run by Sense About Science.

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policy making. Most credible scientific bodies are firmly behind the notion of public engagement, but not everyone has the knowledge or expertise needed to get it right. That’s where we come in. Our public engagement team helps scientists to communicate difficult research findings simply and accurately. We make sure the public’s questions are heard – and answered.

Outline of the course:

  • Introduction: what is Sense about Science EU, what is my perspective?
  • Why should you care, as an early career researcher, about the use of evidence and science in society? Why should you care about EU policy?
  • Impact of misinformation (vaccination, detox,…)
  • Importance of well informed societal debates (e.g. climate change)
  • Impact of policy and polarised debates on research (e.g. biotechnology)
  • Citizens care about evidence! -> responsibility of researchers towards society • What is the role of evidence in public debates?
  • Good and bad examples of public debates and public engagement
  • How can young researchers make a difference?
  • What is the role of evidence in EU policy?
  • Outline of the policy process, balance between evidence and political debate
  • Current mechanisms of science advice
  • How can young researchers make a difference?



Leah Fitzsimmons




Dates: January 24, 2019, 2-6 pm
Location: Classroom 3.11, 3rd floor, CRI building
Credits: 4 hours
Validation: Students must attend the full workshop to validate the hours


Enroll on Google Classroom

  • Log in with you cri-paris.org email address
  • Click the + in the top right corner of the screen and click Join class
  • Enter registration code: n3cww