#MakingSciPub - Making Science Public: Challenges & Opportunities

Monday 11 February 2013Senate Chamber, Trent Building, University of Nottingham


  1. Monday 11 February 2013

    Senate Chamber, Trent Building, University of Nottingham

    09.30-09.50 Coffee and arrival

    09.50-10.00 Welcome by Professor Sarah O’Hara (UoN Pro-Vice-Chancellor)

    10.00-10.15 Introduction by Professor Brigitte Nerlich, Director of  Making Science Public (MSciP)

    10.15-11.15 Keynote Lecture by Professor Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna

    Science as a ‘Public Good’ in Search of a ‘Good Public’

    11.15-11.30 Coffee

    11.30-12.30  The Politics of ‘Making Science Public’ (MSciP)

    Dr Warren Pearce, Dr Adam Spencer, Dr Judith Tsouvalis (MSciP Research Fellows, UoN) with Q&A and discussion. Chair: Dr Alexander Smith, MSciP Senior Research Fellow, Warwick University.

    12.30-13.30 Lunch and poster display by Institute for Science & Society (ISS) students

    13.30-14.25 The Practice of ‘Making Science Public’: Who, Why, How?

    A dialogue between the MSciP Programme and science communicators at the University of Nottingham. Panellists: Dr Samantha Tang, Public Awareness Scientist, UoN School of Chemistry; Brady Haran, Video Journalist; Dr Sujatha Raman, MSciP Deputy Director, UoN; and Dr Richard Holliman, Champion for Public Engagement with Research, Open University. Chaired by Dr Pru Hobson-West, MSciP Lead Researcher, UoN.

    14.25-14.35 Comfort break

    14.35-15.30 ‘The Privatisation of Science is not in the Public Interest’ Debate  chaired by Adam Smith (Reporter at Research Fortnight) with opening statements by Dr Alexander Smith and Beverley Gibbs (ESRC/Scottish Government PhD studentship on Scientific Citizenship)

    15.30-15.50 Tea and poster prize awarded by Professor Jeremy Roberts (Dean of UoN Graduate School)

    15.50-16.50 Open discussion reflecting on the day’s debates. Chaired by Professor Brigitte Nerlich with short contributions invited from Rt. Rev Dr Lee Rayfield (Bishop of Swindon, Member of the Society of Ordained Scientists and HFEA member), Dr Alice Bell (Sussex), Professors Reiner Grundmann (UoN), John Holmwood (

    MSciP UoN), Philip Moriarty (UoN), Paul Martin (MSciP Sheffield) and Ulrike Felt (Vienna)

    16.50-17.00 Final comments and thanks

    17.00-18.00 Drinks and cana