Tuesday, September 17, 2002

scientists struggle to master obvious [FT]
The feeling is that PUS [public understanding of science] has had its day - and not just because of the acronym. Scientists are now realising it embodies a condescending attitude: that the public is bound to support the work of scientists, if only it can be made to understand what it is. The new watchword is PEST - public engagement in science and technology....

Younger scientists are being driven to communicate partly "by a realisation that science needs a public licence to operate", he says. "There is a danger that in areas such as GM foods the public licence to operate will be withdrawn."


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