We are delighted to issue this call for papers for the 2013 Science in Public conference, to be held at the University of Nottingham on 22-23 July.

Science in Public provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, researchers, academics, policy makers, artists, NGOs, and others working in public and private organisations to discuss issues around ‘science in public’ and share their work.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited to any of the 21 available conference panels. A summary and full list of panels is available here.

Please submit your paper proposal of between 250-300 words to both the convenor of the panel at the email address given for them, and to the conference organisers at MakingSciPub@gmail.com before the deadline of 15 April, 5pm.

Conference Theme

Relations between science, publics, politics and commerce are in flux. Participatory activities bringing government, business, science and publics together in cooperative research partnerships are multiplying while activist publics are increasingly contesting certain forms of scientific research. In certain areas science is being ‘defended’, while in others scientists are calling for a new wave of ‘citizen scientists’ to shape research and policy agendas. Occasionally, scientists themselves are becoming activists uniting in protest against the privatisation and commercialisation of their work or highlighting their lack of representation in government. Meanwhile, it appears that the dissemination of and access to research results has never been easier, enabling the rapid mobilisation of a variety of interest groups through new social media. The theme of the 2013 Science in Public conference aims to engage with these trends.

Registration and More Details

Conference registration is expected to open in April at a cost of around £60 for the 2-day conference, with a one day rate available. There will also be a conference dinner on campus on the Monday evening.

For full event details please see here.