This site provides an online networking space for anyone involved with academic research in and around the theme of ‘Science in Public’. It aims to make visible the research community that has grown out of the ongoing annual UK based conference of the same name, now in its seventh year.
What do we mean by ‘Science in Public’?
Any form of research which considers the relationships between science and technology, ‘the public’, multiple publics, and the broader public sphere. Rather than forming an(other) new interdisciplinary field, we aim to foster cross-disciplinary discussion and debate between researchers in the many disciplines which address this topic, including science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media and film studies, sociology, science communication, development studies, English literature, policy and political studies and more.
Because SiP research is relatively ‘young’, we are likely to have a strong presence from early-career researchers: however, we strongly encourage participation from academics at all stages of their career. Similarly, the Network is at present UK based, but we welcome involvement and interchange with scholars and other networks anywhere in the world.
What are our main aims?
- To make SiP researchers more visible by providing member listings and linking to relevant blogs and other organisations.
- To offer longer term continuity for the annual conference.
In the longer term we would like to build more extensive shared resources such as accessible introductions, course syllabi, reference lists, specialist training, and better online discussion spaces. Given the nature of the topic, it’s really important that we start thinking more openly about doing and communicating our research ‘in public’.
Ultimately, it’s up to us. If you’re interested in making the Science in Public research network happen, have a suggestion,or just want to find out what’s going on, join our mailing list, or get in touch directly.