Category Archives: Impact

The peril of the press release

In a famous piece of media analysis, the average length of a soundbite in a US presidential election was found to have collapsed from 43 seconds in 1968 to just nine by 1988. Although the discovery led to plenty of head-scratching and fears … Continue reading

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20p for every pound: the value of the UK’s science base

Where’s the evidence? A common challenge laid down by scientists and skeptics to politicians who open their mouths and proclaim the latest ill thought out policy. But the same challenge can also be made to those of us in the … Continue reading

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Fears over physical science funding in the UK

This week I went to a talk by David Delpy, current Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). EPSRC are responsible for administering funding for academic research to, unsurprisingly, engineering and the physical sciences, and are … Continue reading

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My current role as a Business Science Fellow

This is the last of my entries describing my career to date, describing how I left the lab behind.  Research can be both a thrilling and tedious activity.  Periods of monotony, carrying out similar experiments, interspersed with those exciting, potentially … Continue reading

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