Knowledge Society Debates: truth, politics and the knowledge society

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Members of the STEPS centre and several Indian scholars from Hyderabad, India discussed issues around what a ‘knowledge society’ means on 5-6 January. At the roundtable discussion 5 January, about 30 academicians discussed overarching issues of how controversies around science and technology are issues about democracy, ethics and social relations. This discussion…

TECHNOLOGY MYTHS DEBUNKED

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A press release lands in the STEPS Centre’s in-box announcing: “It’s myth busting time. The myth that lightly regulated global finance capital can generate unending profits and prosperity is well and truly busted by the credit crunch.” Well, we can’t argue there. But the release is actually about a…

THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As we arrive back at our desks and contemplate bulging email in-boxes, why not put off a return to work just a little longer by taking a couple of minutes out to watch this video? The science, society, development and innovation factoids it delivers give some food for thought…

MARIE JAHODA LECTURE: PROFESSOR JOHN BEDDINGTON

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The UK government’s chef scientific advisor, Professor John Beddington was here at Sussex University last night to deliver the 12th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture, hosted by SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research. With the theme Sustainability in a Changing World, Prof. Beddington said by the end of the lecture…

‘SELF’ AND ‘THE OTHER’: A SENTIMENTAL EUROPEAN RESPONSE TO INDIA-CHINA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre Member No meetings examining science in society are nowadays complete without reference to India-China. The meeting organised by ESRC’s Science in Society programme on ‘Innovation Culture or Anti-Science Britain?’ on 16 October was no exception. The hyphenated lumping together of two continent-size countries with vastly different histories, socio-economic background and…

AAAS DAY 2: NEW UNIT OF MEASURE – “THE RUMSFELD”

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 In a wide-ranging lecture on “The Intersection of Burgeoning Human Populations and Natural Hazards, Caltech geologist Kerry Sieh introduced a new unit of measure today during a widely talked-about speech on earthquake preparedness. He explained that 1 “rumsfeld” (in honour of former US…

AAAS DAY 2: BIOENERGY TO THE RESCUE?

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 2: Friday 16 Feb 2007 Renewable energy from biomass is all the rage these days, with policy makers from Brazil to the US diverting huge sums of money into R&D in a race to develop new biofuels to reduce their country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and…

AAAS DAY 1: HOLDREN & THE 10% ‘TITHE’

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 1: Thursday 15 Feb 2007 AAAS President John P. Holdren (pictured right) used his presidential address to urge swift action to build a sustainable future. Challenges such as poverty, climate change and nuclear proliferation pose global risks that require scientists and engineers to join with political and business…

Inside track from the AAAS annual meeting

John Thompson was among the 10,000 scientists, journalists, students and members of the public to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Francisco over the past five days. The theme this year was ‘Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being’.Representing the STEPS Centre, John sat in on…