Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

Science communication inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Oral evidence concluded. Report in preparation.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Science communication. A 2014 BIS report on Public Attitudes to Science (PDF 3.11 MB) found that "the UK public are as enthusiastic about science as they have ever been," but also that there were persistent misconceptions about how scientists work, concerns about how well science is regulated and a low level of trust in mainstream science journalism.

In the 2010-15 Parliament, BIS undertook a Science and Society Programme in 2012, published Public understanding of science and engineering and developed a UK Charter for Science and Society. A number of science and research organisations also have public engagement/awareness programmes. Broadcasters also have a role: for example, the BBC Trust reviewed impartiality and accuracy of BBC science coverage in 2011 (PDF 1.04 MB), identifying a need to avoid giving "undue attention to marginal opinion".

Terms of reference: Science communication

Latest evidence

  • 16 Nov 2016 - Science communication - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF254 KB) HC 162 | Published 21 Nov 2016

    Evidence given by Dr Melanie Smallman, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, and Professor Robert Evans, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University; Joseph Johnson MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Government Office for Science

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