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Science & The Public, 3rd annual conference, Manchester 21-22 June

Here’s the preliminary programme for the Third Annual Science & the Public Conference 2008 in Manchester Sat 21-Sun 22 June (Medical Museion is represented too):

Communicating Technology
“Communicating computers”, James Sumner, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
“Martians, madness, and the masses: The idea of mass panic as a response to scientific and technological advance, 1938-2004”, Daniel Patrick Thurs, University of Portland
“Science blogging, singularities and the multitude of technoscience”, Thomas Söderqvist, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen

Biomedical Meanings
“Delphi Forum: actors, policies and discourses of abortion in Spain”, María José Miranda Suarez, María González Aguado and Carmen Gallego Martos, Department of Science, Technology and Society, Institute of Philosophy, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
“The interdependency of public attention and scientific progress in the case of stem cell research”, Martina Franzen, Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), University of Bielefeld
“Of Aging Research: An exploration between history and public understanding of science”, Miguel Gomes and Maria Strecht Almeida, Instituto de Ciências Biomedicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto

Representations of Science
“The Bash Street Kids do dinosaurs: Cartoons and the communication of science”, Alice Bell, Science Communication Group, Imperial College
“Heroes of science: Public image, inspiration and impacts”, Bobby Cerini, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University
“Explaining expectations: Imagined nanotechnological futures as esoteric and exoteric discourses”, Mark Erickson, University of Brighton

Patients and Lay Expertise I
“‘Do not refuse to look at these pictures’: The role of visual culture in 19th century animal welfare activism”, J. Keri Cronin, Department of Visual Studies, Brock University
“Vaccinators, ‘bad niggers,’ and servants of the people: Routine and revolutionary medicine in The Black Panther”, Dayle B. DeLancey, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas
“Inclusion and radicalism in tension: The changing relationship with biomedicine in Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era”, Margaret P. Wardlaw, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas

Science Museums
“The intertextual science museum”, Tim Boon, Science Museum
“From the laboratory to the public space. Swiss ethnographic museums 1920-1945”, Serge Reubi, Institut d’histoire, Université de Neuchâtel
“Exhibiting great historical figures in science: The case of Charles Darwin as a geologist”, Francis Neary, Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge
“Mind the gap! Interpreting contemporary and historic technology at the Science Museum”, Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering, Science Museum

Patients and Lay Expertise II
“Representing patient experience: Breast cancer and the NHS in Through the Night (1975)”, Elizabeth Toon, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
“Public Access Defibrillator: Medical technology in the hands of laymen”, Constantin Canavas, Faculty Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
“Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients as experts: Using nominal groups to develop a patient-generated core set of treatment outcomes”, Tessa C. Sanderson, Pam Richards, Sarah Hewlett, University of West of England/University of Bristol
“The death of the man on the Clapham Omnibus, and the stillbirth of British bioethics: Moral pluralism and the Warnock Committee on embryo experimentation”, Duncan Wilson, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

Constructing Expertise
“The politics of accuracy: Judging partisanship in global warming films”, Felicity Mellor, Science Communication Group, Imperial College
“‘What to do if it happens’: Expert advice and “The Public” in British civil defence planning, 1945-68”, Melissa Smith, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
“Print, publicity, and extrapolation in Newton’s Principia”, Laura Miller, University of California-Santa Barbara
“Entertainment experts: The construction of scientific expertise in Hollywood”, David Kirby, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

Learning From Practice
“From communication to participation: Lessons learnt from public engagement in hydrogen energy”, Miriam Ricci, Rob Flynn and Paul Bellaby, Institute for Social, Cultural and Policy Research, University of Salford
“Engaging with the public at the Manchester Science Festival”, K. Mathieson, L. Holmes, M. Leech, P. Finegold, D. Donnai, H.R. Middleton-Price, Nowgen and The University of Manchester
“Reluctant mentalities: Why is the British public wary of biomedical psychiatric research?”, Felicity Callard, Health Service & Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
“Public dialogue and science policy”, Eva Kristjansdottir, Sciencewise, ERC

Science and Nature on Television
“Popular science programs on Israeli TV: 19681993”, Merav Katz-Kimchi, Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California-Berkeley
“The battle over BBC science: Serving public interest or ‘the National Interest’?”, Allan Jones, Department of Communication and Systems, Open University
“Experts in the wild: The merits of intimacy”, Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Department of Sociology, University of York

Public Communication of Evolution and Genetics
“The role of advocacy in the popular evolutionary biology writing”, Fern Elsdon-Baker, Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds
“The social shaping of STS research in biotechnology: Comparing the USA, UK, and Africa”, Natewinde Sawadogo, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham
“‘Racial’ Science and Society after the Second World War”, Gavin Schaffer, University of Portsmouth

(for details, see here)

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