Gates Distinguished Lecture Series editor Philip Campbell is giving a public lecture at 6.30pm tonight titled Science – facts and frictions at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The abstract and text below is reproduced from talks.cam.ac.uk:As part of the
‘Climategate’, MMR vaccine, GM crops, stem cells – these are examples of public debates in which science and scientists have come under attack. And yet the processes of science were no different in kind from those in calmer territories, such as cancer research, where the public not only trusts researchers but directly donates half a billion pounds every year in their support. Why are there such contrasts? And what can scientists and others do in response to such attacks? The talk will offer some suggestions.
As Editor-in-Chief of Nature, Philip Campbell heads a team of about 90 editorial staff around the world. Dr. Campbell takes direct editorial responsibility for the content of Nature editorials, writing some of them. He is the seventh  Editor-in-Chief since the journal was launched in 1869.
Dr. Campbell’s role as Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications (of which there are many editorially independent journals and several websites) is to ensure that the quality and integrity appropriate to the Nature name are maintained, and that appropriate individuals are appointed as chief editors. He sits on the executive board of Nature’s parent company, Nature Publishing Group.
According to the accompanying press release from the University, Campbell:
“is particularly interested in groups of scientists who regularly produce blogs in order to help the public and journalists gain access to their perspectives on scientific developments and controversies.”
So, if you’re in or near Cambridge tonight, this talk is open the public and looks like it will be enlightening.
[Update, some interesting things mentioned in this talk in no particular order:
- The Science Media Centre is a pioneering project to help journalists and the public understand the process of Science
- Advice for a young climate blogger, gives general hints on how science bloggers should engage with their audience
- A paper  by Daniel Sarewitz “How science makes environmental controversies worse” discusses some of the frictions between science, scientists and the public. See podcast page and audio below ]