Science Communication Forum
The Science Communication Forum exists to promote debate about science and science communication across the College. The Forum is organised by the Science Communication Unit. All members of the College are welcome to come to the meetings.
In the past few years we have discussed the role of public engagement, the significance of open access publishing, the level of funding support for science and - most recently - the ethics of contemporary scientific culture.
In March 2017 we hosted, in partnership with the Institute for Global Health Innovation, a forum on privacy and data sharing within the NHS. Key figures from NHS Digital, the Department of Health and Wellcome were among the contributors. Alumnus and policy researcher Vicky Charlton helped organise the event and two of our MSc students, Aran Shaunak and Kate Smith, wrote the final report.
in May 2016 we held The Big Data Debate. You might like to read this related publication from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
In January 2016 we held a further meeting on the issue, attended by 35 of Imperial's postdoctoral staff. Opening arguments on the changing landscape of research metrics and on 'pressure to publish' were given by Professor Stephen Curry (Life Sciences) and Isabel Van de Keere (Engineering).
In June 2015 we held a lively meeting discussing the 'pressure to publish', looking in particular at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report 'Contemporary UK culture'