Research drives societal changes. Whether it’s the study of blue skies problems, the development of new technologies or understanding impacts on public health, researchers and policy-makers need to keep engaged. It is important researchers work to ensure policy makers are aware of the current evidence available, of its meaning and its shortcomings. As such, I actively try to engage with policy makers at a range of levels.
I am actively engaged with national policy makers through my work with the Royal Society of Biology in Scotland and other learned societies (see below).
Public Engagement and Outreach
Public engagement is an important part of modern science - much of which is funded by tax-payers and public donations. As such, I am regularly involved in public lectures and events such as Cafe Scientifique meetings. I have also helped out in the organising of such events, including Pint of Science Glasgow.
Recent events include:
Involvement with Learned Societies
Learned societies provide a strong conduit for public and policy engagement as well as bringing scientific communities together. I am an active member of two learned communities: