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




Making science popular: Science communication in 19th-century France

Some weeks ago I saw a tweet in my timeline which contained an engraving of an iguanodon skeleton. The skeleton had been exhibited in Brussels and its picture appeared in the 1883* issue of the French popular science magazine La Science Illustrée. This made me think of an old blog post of mine entitled “Making Science Picturesque”, where ...

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False balance

Last week an appearance by Lord Lawson on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme caused somewhat of a stir. This was not the first time this had happened. The same happened in 2014. In both instances the BBC invited Lord Lawson to talk about climate change. In both cases this was greeted with a chorus ...

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






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