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Competing to explain science. Susan Merrell/UCSF

Why more scientists are needed in the public square

The president of one of the country's leading research university systems argues that the academic community has to make sure researchers and scientists engage with the general public.
Being able to learn science in a number of languages helps children to develop an understanding of concepts - like the robotics used to build this dinosaur. David Mercado/Reuters

Multilingualism boosts learning - and can create new science knowledge too

Using more than one language when teaching and learning science in schools can greatly enhance concept development. This in fact goes to the heart of science.
The language that’s spoken in science classrooms is very different to every day English – even mother tongue English speakers may struggle because of this. From

Helping learners become fluent in the language of science classrooms

We view school science as largely a practical subject, but pupils must understand the language of science – which is often very different from every day language – if they are to excel.
A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities. Todd Martin

What’s the role of virtues in the lab?

The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university…
Professor Ian Chubb: ‘We are a nation in 'transition’, we hear. But to what; and how?'

There are no free rides to the future: Australia’s Chief Scientist

This is a transcript of the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment, hosted at the University of New South Wales. Tonight I want to talk about the future. I know that it’s not a novel thing to…

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