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…

DEMOS ATLAS OF IDEAS: SOME UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

BY IAN SCOONES, co-director of the STEPS Centre A set of new reports from Demos, a London-based think-tank, argue that there is a new geography of science and innovation emerging, with China, India and South Korea at the forefront of a new global knowledge economy. But many unanswered questions are raised. While showing different patterns…

SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, POWER & POLITICS: A NEW VIEW

“It’s no longer enough to think about power in a top-down manner – the people on whom, and in relation to whom, power gets exercised are an indispensable part of it,” said Sheila Jasanoff, explaining her theory of civic epistemology. Jasanoff, professor of science and technology studies at Harvard University took to the floor to…

PRO-POOR RICE FARMING METHOD FACES HOSTILITY

A new system of rice farming that is “good for poverty, good for the environment and costs less” is facing “antagonism, indifference and hostility” from the mainstream agricultural and scientific industry. Farmers in Asia are experiencing 50-100% increase in yields from the new system that costs less and can better withstand the environmental challenges of…