Job opportunity: Communications Manager maternity cover

15 July 2014

The Council is looking to recruit an experienced communications professional to cover maternity leave for a period of around 12 months, beginning in early October 2014.

Scientific research culture events now underway

25 June 2014

Our series of events on the culture of scientific research got off to a flying start last week, with lively discussions taking place at Sheffield University on 18 June and University College London on 20 June.

Donor conception report: what has happened since?

24 June 2014

The Council has published a record of developments relevant to its April 2013 report Donor conception: ethical aspects of information sharing. This report considered the interests of people affected by donor conception and made recommendations on what can be done to support, encourage and empower those making decisions about the sharing of information in this context.

Ethics of brain stimulation at Cheltenham Science Festival

5 June 2014

A packed audience heard Ilina Singh and Vincent Walsh of the Council’s Working Party on novel neurotechnologies speak about the science and ethics of brain stimulation at a Cheltenham Science Festival event on 3 June.

New Council members

2 June 2014

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new members of Council from June 2014: 

Professor Heather Widdows 

First research culture discussion events announced

22 May 2014

We are delighted to announce the first discussion events being co-hosted by the Council and universities as part of our project exploring the culture of scientific research in the UK.

The aim of the events will be to debate how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their careers. We will be considering questions such as:

  • What motivates scientists and what pressures are they under?

Scientific research culture: make sure your views are heard

21 May 2014

We have had a fantastic response to our survey on the culture of scientific research in the UK, with over 800 responses so far. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us their views. Some interesting patterns are emerging. However, we would still like to encourage more people to respond before the survey closes at the end of July 2014.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from:

  • Physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers

  • Scientists working in industry

Concordat on openness in animal research furthers Council’s push for transparency

19 May 2014

On 14 May a new Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK was launched, to which more than 70 organisations involved with biosciences in the UK have signed up. The Concordat commits its signatories to enhance their openness and communication about their use of animals in research.

Looking forward – Council considers future work topics

16 May 2014

The Council held its annual Forward Look seminar on 13 May, where it considered possible future work topics. This year, three new topics were discussed by Council members and invited experts:

  • Funding pressures in the NHS

  • Complementary medicine

  • Sports science and medicine

Young people assess progress of Council’s project on children and clinical research

2 May 2014

The Council’s Working Party on children and clinical research presented its current work to young people and parents at a meeting on Wednesday 30 April.