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


We have a new Programme Director. Find out more about this and other news in our Autumn 2016 newsletter.

We celebrated the achievements of Making Science Public and discussed the agenda for future work at the one day conference Making Science Public: Opening Up Closed Spaces, 22 June 2016, University of Nottingham.

Research outputs

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




Biosocial: A brief conceptual history

I have recently come across the word ‘biosocial’ in various social science debates about epigenetics and other advances in the life- and bio-sciences. A chapter in a book on ‘social epigenetics’ (and the ‘biosocial’) says for example: “Epigenetics has considerable potential to transform social science by embedding mutually regulative reciprocal connections between biological and social ...

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Time and science communication

On 29 March, 2017 the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published the results of its inquiry into science communication. On 31 March Tim Caulfied tweeted about an article that Andy Miah had written about the report for The Conversation. Tim said: “How scientists should communicate their work in a post-truth era … ...

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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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