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News from Sense About Science

10/08/2016 15:33:42

Sense About Science have informed us about a new interactive website that helps people go beyond the headlines and better understand health research. Understanding Health Research  was launched on Monday 8th August by researchers at the University of Glasgow, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Sense About Science helped in the development and promotion of this tool to make it as user-friendly as possible as part of their Ask for Evidence campaign – which the Association supports through the Voice of Young Science.

The researchers have blogged about why this matters in The Conversation.

"One day we’re told that coffee causes cancer, the next that it protects us from it. Does this sound familiar? We’re all bombarded by confusing and contradictory health information every day – supposedly based on scientific evidence. But most of us have a difficult time assessing the quality of this evidence, particularly if it’s online. To try to improve the situation, we have launched a free online tool called Understanding Health Research to help guide anybody who wants to understand a health research paper through the process of asking the right questions, so they can weigh up the evidence.”

You can also read David Robert Grimes’ take on decoding health research in the Guardian and Chris Peters’ piece on an AMRC blog.

Please feel free to share the tool with your networks and colleagues!

They have also reminded us about the next

London Standing up for Science media workshop

Applications are still open for the next Standing up for Science media workshop, which will be at the Francis Crick Institute, central London on Friday 16th September. This full day event is free and for early career researchers and scientists in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

The workshops combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media. Please find further information at

These workshops are very popular and places are limited but the ACB sponsors these workshops so five places  are reserved for our members – mention your membership of the Association on your application!. To apply, please fill out the online application form:

For further information, please email Joanne (

Closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 2nd September


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