Who we are

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

Our history

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life.

Ask for Evidence

Anyone trying to get good evidence into public discussion, particularly on areas …

Don’t Destroy Research

When plant scientists from the publicly funded Rothamsted Research appealed …

EU Clinical Trials Regulation

The new EU Clinical Trials Regulation, which came into effect in June 2014, …

Health Charity of the Year

Sense about Science won Health Charity of the Year at the Medical Journalists …

Homeopathy and the WHO

Voice of Young Science (VoYS) our programme for early career researchers, sent …

I don’t know what to believe

This booklet explains how scientists present and judge research using the peer …

Investors support AllTrials

Investors representing more than €3.5 trillion in assets are asking the pharmaceutical …

Missing Evidence

A report by former Lord Justice of Appeal, Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley into the …

NHS abandons alternative medicine

Sense about Science played a leading role in the campaign to end NHS funding …

Objection to EU Directive

In 2004, Sense about Science led a group of scientists and researchers in highlighting …

Principles for the treatment of independent advice

The UK Government’s independent advisory bodies, composed of scientists and …

The Times top ten

Tracey Brown was named one of the top ten most influential people in science …

The ugly truth

We want the best available knowledge and we want decisions to be based on it. …

Our team

Sense about Science is a small team working with volunteers and thousands of supporters, from world leading researchers to community groups.

Nita Pillai

Head of Programmes and Operations

Mariam Kazem-Malaki

Policy and research manager

Ilaina Khairulzaman

Head of international public engagement, training and marketing

Sophie Lane

Senior communications officer

Dr Hamid Khan

Senior Partnerships coordinator

Alex Clegg

Senior community coordinator

Joshua Gascoyne

Programmes officer

Sense about Science EU

Launched in July 2016, Sense about Science EU monitors the use and abuse of scientific evidence in EU policy. We are calling for EU citizens, researchers and the European Parliament to scrutinise and share evidence behind European policymaking.

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Credit: Bobby Hidy Flickr, https://goo.gl/I7Op07

Sense about Science USA

Our sister organisation in the USA, led by Trevor Butterworth, launched in late 2014, in Brooklyn, New York as a nonpartisan, non-profit 501c3. They are on a mission “to create and curate a national conversation about the value of scientific progress and the importance of evidence and transparency.”

Visit the US website


Sense about Science is an independent registered charity and our accounts are available on the Charity Commission website. Our work is made possible thanks to the generosity of a range of funders, including scientists, members of the public, trusts and foundations, professional and learned societies, universities, and scholarly publishers. We recognise that there is a public interest in the funding of charitable organisations and are committed to openness and transparency about the sources of our funding.

See our full list of funders



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