Welcome to the SiP Network

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SiP Bristol

During 2014, the usual Science in Public conference was not held during the summer: instead we organised a one day workshop on ‘Environments in Public‘, held on November 3rd 2014 at the University of East Anglia.

  • We are very happy to announce that in 2015 the Science in Public conference will be held alongside the PCST Network’s next Postgraduate Summer School, and will be hosted by UWE’s Science Communication Unit.                 
  • In 2016 Science in Public will be travelling onwards to be hosted by the University of Kent’s Centre for the History of the Sciences.

What is the SiP Research Network?

This site is for anyone involved with or interested in academic research about ‘Science in Public’ in the broadest sense.  It provides a central point of contact for the research community that has grown out of the ongoing UK based conference of the same name, which has been running annually since 2006. Our Committee is simply composed of those people who have been, or plan to be, involved in organising SiP activities. If you’d like to get involved, drop us a line!

What is ‘Science in Public’ anyway?

We believe that ‘science in public’ research is any work which considers the relationships between science and technology; ‘the public’; multiple publics; or the broader public sphere. This includes work on, for example, science in mass media, museums or online spaces; public engagement and participation; popular science and its histories; science, publics and policy; and science in fictions, art and cinema. Rather than forming another new interdisciplinary field, the SiP Network aims to foster cross-disciplinary discussion and debate between researchers across the many disciplines which address this topic, including science and technology studies, history of science, geography, psychology, cultural studies, media and communication studies, sociology, development studies, English literature, policy and political studies, to name a few.

Because SiP research is relatively ‘young’, we have a strong presence from early-career researchers: however, we strongly encourage participation from academics at all stages of their career.  Similarly, while the Network is UK based, we welcome involvement from and interchange with scholars and other networks anywhere in the world.

What are our aims?

  1. To offer longer term planning and continuity for the annual Science in Public conference and network.
  2. To give SiP research a more visible online presence by linking to relevant researchers, news, blogs, events and organisations.

In the longer term we would like to build more extensive shared resources such as accessible introductions,  course syllabi, reference lists, training resources and online discussion spaces.  Given the nature of the topic, it’s really important that we start thinking more about how we do and communicate our own 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.