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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

List of 'Ning: Science and Society' organisations - potential science communication opportunities

This is a reposting of an earlier post, but with better formatting.

Gillian Pepper collected this list and clearly put a lot of work into it. I harvested it from her Science and Society Ning page (Ning changed its platform in such a way that a lot of free networks closed and I didn't want to lose this resource).

I went in and copied the source code (View / Page Source in FireFox) and copied it into a blog page (using the edit html tab rather than compose) to keep it safe - it lives here - but on that page I didn't alter its formatting (which was mildly less compatible with Blogger). I'm leaving that original page in its 'historic setting', but have tweaked this version to make it a bit more visually helpful.

Eventually I'll insert individual organisations into the Science Communicators Vacancies Pages page but wanted to keep this as an individual page to reflect the work that Gillian did.


Science and Society Directory

Research units:




There are a number of relevant Government departments, agencies and quangoes and Parliamentary bodies and organisations:

The learned societies are listed below in alphabetical order:


  • Agricultural Development and Advisory Service is an independent science based rural and environmental policy consultancy.
  • The Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation was established in 2003 with the goal of supporting decision making in conservation and environmental management through the production and dissemination of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of management and policy interventions. Relevant conservation can also be found on a seperate website -
  • The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee is an Associate Parliamentary Group that produces the Science in Parliament Journal.
  • The Foundation for Science and Technology provides a neutral platform for debate of policy issues with a science angle. The Foundation organises discussions and produces a journal.
  • Newton's Apple is a neutral, non-partisan charity working at the interface between science and policy.
  • People Science & Policy is an independent public policy consultancy that specialises in science and society issues
  • Prospect is and independent union representing those working in science, technology and related professions.
  • Understanding Animal Research aims to achieve understanding and acceptance of the need for humane animal research in the UK, by maintaining and building informed public support and a favourable policy climate for animal research.
  • The RAND Cooporation is an international non-profit corporation that aims to improve policy and decision-making by providing a research and analysis sevice.
  • The Science Policy Support Group operated between 1986-2003. SPSG was set up by the ESRC, with the intial support of the other Research Councils, to organise programmes of research and information on issues of science and technology policy identified as of strategic importance.
  • The Science and Development Network is an organisation which aims to provide reliable science and technology information for the developing world.
  • The Royal Society is also very active in the policy area, and produces a large number of relevant statments and reports. To subscribe to the Royal Society E-Newsletter with updates on their latest policy activities you should email 'subscribe' to
  • Think tanks occasionally touch on scientific issues where they are deemed relevant. The Guardian has produced a list of some of the key think tanks. Newton's Apple (listed above) was established as a think tank that would deal specifically with science issues.
  • The UK Resource Centre for Women in SET is an organisation which works with organisations, employers and policy makers to increase gender equality in science, engineering and technology (SET), and with individual women to help progress their SET careers.


  1. *cough* UCL, Cardiff, DCU and Imperial as much research centers as ones listed.

    *cough cough* was working on peer review till 8pm *cough cough*


  2. I probably won't add anything further to THIS copy of the page (someone else wrote it but the infrastructure where they posted it crumbled...) but happy to make sure the main vacancies page has links to the jobs sites of those institutions if they employ science communicators.

    My reasons for pinching this was the opportunity to sift out some choice places for scicomm vacancies, although I have a feeling I spotted something to do with psychics in there...

    I'm all about the vacancies pages me ;-)

    Jo 'one trick pony' Brodie


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