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Impact and Engagement

  • Formal advisory roles: e.g. staff have served in advisory roles for bodies such as the Royal College of Physicians and The Nuffield Council on Bioethics. We have also given evidence to political bodies: e.g. to the Health and Social Care Committee of the Welsh Assembly and the House of Lords select committee review of the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Creating resources based on our research: we have knowledge exchange initiatives to directly address gaps identified in our research e.g. we are developing an ESRC funded multi-media website for
  • Knowledge exchange and commissioned research: e.g. we regularly give advice and produced commissioned reports for Government departments (on issues such as the state of science journalism in the media (for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills), trends in the coverage of science (Office of Science and Innovation), the media coverage of risk  (Dept for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) and representations of women in science (for the UKRC). We also work closely professional and science organisations (e.g the MRC or the Academy of Medical Sciences e.g. see coverage of animal human hybrid embryos) and work with charities e.g working with the Healing Foundation on facial disfigurement in the media.
  • Professional training: we run training sessions for scientists on the challenges of communication with the media and contribute to professional gatherings of journalist (e.g. the World Conference of Science Journalists, and the UK Conference of Science Journalists). We also helped develop the MSc in Science, Media and Communication (a collaboration between us, the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, and the science museum, Techniquest).
  • Outreach: we have worked with creative artists (poet, theatre) to communicate our research and carry out engagement events at local secondary schools in the South Wales valleys.
  • Public Engagement: We regularly contribute to national and regional media outlets to disseminate our research findings, and produced a BBC radio documentary about end-of-life issues and Advance Decisions. and led the ‘Before I Die’ festival to explore issues raised by our research on death and dying and challenge the cultural taboos on discussion of end-of-life issues.