Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities


Making Science Public:
Challenges and Opportunities


A five-year research programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2012-2017) looking at the challenges involved in making science public; making public science; making science in public; making science more public; making science private...How are such activities changing the relationship between science, politics and publics, and what are the normative implications for problems relating to political legitimacy, scientific authority and democratic participation? 

This research is carried out within the Institute for Science and Society


Programme members have been sucessul in gaining further external funding from the Wellcome Trust, the University of Nottingham and the Independant Social Research Foundation.

Research outputs

We have a variety of research outputs including journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters, conference papers and a programme blog.


Dr Sujatha Raman

Leverhulme Trust Research Programme: Making Science Public

+44 (0)115 846 7039




Turning bacteria into passwords

A few days ago, I had the pleasure to meet two enthusiastic members of the first Nottingham iGEM team: Vikram Chhapwale, who specialises in computer science and AI, and Chris Graham, an emerging expert in biochemistry and genetics. Both are undergraduates studying at the University of Nottingham. Chris and Vikram are part of a seven-member ...

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Making lasers public: The European X-ray Free Electron Laser

Last weekend, my mum phoned me from Germany to tell me about the new x-ray laser inaugurated in Hamburg (as I later learned this is the European X-ray Free Electron Laser or XFEL) and asked me whether I had heard about it and whether I could explain what it did. I hadn’t and I couldn’t. ...

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Programme funded by:

Programme funded by The Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield.






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