Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policymaking.

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Call off the Wedding - Guest blog by Maddox nominee Tisha Schuller

Guest blog by Tisha Schuller, a Maddox Prize nominee

Maddox Prize 2018

The winners of the 2018 Maddox Prize are Professor Terry Hughes and Britt Hermes

Equipped to Decide

Findings from a roundtable discussion asking: ‘Are we looking at what people need to know?’

Evidence Matters Ireland

Why does evidence matter to the public?

Transparency of evidence: spot check

Transparency of evidence: a spot check of government policy proposals July 2016 to July 2017. How ...

Public engagement: a practical guide

Involve the public. And involve them early. A practical guide for researchers on involving the public ...

Evidence Week 25-28 June

The first ever Evidence Week brings together people from all walks of life with parliamentarians and research services to talk about why evidence matters. An initiative of Sense about Science, the House of Commons Library, POST, and House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, held in partnership with SAGE Publishing.

See the programme

The John Maddox Prize

Nominations are open for the 2018 John Maddox Prize. The prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostillity in doing so.

2018 prize winners
Credit: Nature

Evidence Matters

Nice words

Sense about Science has done more on a charity shoestring than any official campaign to improve understanding of science.

Nick Ross

Sense about Science has never lost a campaign it's taken on.

Ben Goldacre

Sense about Science challenges bogus claims, urban myths and misleading twaddle.

Prue Leith

Sense about Science has hugely influenced, helped and improved the relationship between scientists, science and the public.

Professor Dame Bridget Ogilvie

Having witnessed so much commitment, energy and impact, I am proud to be involved with Sense about Science.

Simon Singh

Ask for Evidence animations

Watch our #AskforEvidence animations

Voice of Young Science

VoYS is a unique and dynamic network of early career researchers committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. By responding to public misconceptions about science and evidence and engaging with the media, this active community of 3,000+ researchers is changing the way the public and the media view science and scientists.

Get involved

Latest Resources

Patterns in data

In recent years, phrases like ‘big data’, ‘machine learning’, ‘algorithms’ and ‘pattern ...

Public engagement partnerships

Our public engagement team draws from extensive networks and over a decade of working on some of ...

Public engagement: a practical guide

Involve the public. And involve them early. A practical guide for researchers on involving the public ...

Ask for evidence

Ask for Evidence is our public campaign to help people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.

Curious? Visit the website
Credit: Royal Society

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