Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society.
In Australia, the next government will need to meet the challenge of refreshing the social licence between science, government and the many and diverse communities that make up our nation.
‘Man Combating Ignorance’ – what’s science’s role?
Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
There's no shortage of problems facing humanity. Science's role in how to tackle them has long been debated – including memorably by two of the 20th century's greatest literary figures.
Advocating for facts and evidence at the March for Science in California earlier this year.
Scientists typically stay out of public policy debates, but an academic makes the case that they need to push back against politicians who distort research.
With the right skills, scientists can draw journalists like bees to honey.
Is there an art - or a science - to figuring out what stories will soar from the lab to the front page?
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing?
In the wake of the Flint water crisis and with a new notably anti-science president, U.S. scientists are reevaluating how to navigate the tension between speaking out and a fear of losing research funding.
Children need to learn that science is worth getting excited about.
For science to have an impact there must be a genuine will to implement its advances. This requires promoting a greater understanding of science in broader society.
Science teaching needs to engage all pupils, whether they’re future scientists or not.
Science that students learn in context - rather than science as isolated knowledge items - can deliver both scientific literacy and positive learner interest.
Virginia Tech students process water samples from homes in Flint.
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Virginia Tech University engineering students blew the whistle on Flint, Michigan's toxic drinking water. Hailed as heroes, they've also learned that it isn't easy to do science for the public good.