January 21, 2015, by Andrew Gibson

Multimedia from ‘Circling the Square 1: research, politics, media and impact’

Below is a collection of multimedia items from a conference held at the University of Nottingham last year.

The conference, titled ‘Circling the Square: research, politics, media and impact’, explored the role of knowledge in policy making, bringing together international scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, practitioners at the science-policy interface, the public and the media.

A follow-up conference will take place in June 2015. 



Circling the Square 1, May 2014, Multimedia

  1. Videos
  2. Abstracts
  3. Twitter discussion (#circlesq)
  4. Blog posts on external sites


1. Videos

Tuesday 20th May 2014, Morning

Brian Collins on research and policy making

Research and policy making (opening keynote), Prof. Brian Collins

Houses of Parliament at night

The science-policy interface (panel discussion), Fanelli, Jasanoff, Taylor, Chris Tyler










Tuesday 20th May 2014, Afternoon

Research and media: Dr Andy Williams

Research and the media (keynote), Dr Andy Williams

Panel 2: Researchers facing the media (David Colquhoun, Athene Donald, Felicity Mellor, Jon Turney)

Researchers facing the media (panel discussion), Colquhoun, Donald, Mellor, Turney)









Wednesday 21st May 2014, Morning

Research and policy making: Professor Ian Boyd

Research and policy making (keynote), Prof. Ian Boyd

Taking a stance or calming the waters – challenging established science

Taking a stance or calming the waters – challenging established science (panel discussion), Dyer, Pielke Jr, Smith, Turner










Wednesday 21st May 2014, Afternoon

'Citizen Science' and new social media

‘Citizen Science’ and new social media (panel discussion), Jarvis, Lancastle, McLain, Pearce










Thursday 22nd May 2014, Morning

Professor Steve Rayner on research and values

Research and values (keynote), Professor Steve Rayner

Click the image for video

Is it robust knowledge or make believe? – Evidence, uncertainty and the role of values (panel discussion), Cassidy, Johnson, Parkinson










Thursday 22nd May 2014, Afternoon

New directions: how can we circle the square?

New directions: how can we circle the square? (panel discussion), Blackstock, Grundmann, Moriarty, Roach










2. Abstracts

3. Twitter discussion

Discussion before, during and after the conference took place on Twitter.

4. Blog posts on external sites

Following the conference, participants took to the blogosphere to reflect on the proceedings and related issues. Here is a selection of posts:

Reiner Grundmann, Circling the Square- an experiment

Brigitte Nerlich, Blogging the Circling of the Square on MSciP

Ruth Dixon, Circles and Squares – Where Do the Facts Lie?

Athene Donald, Social Scientist for the Day?

Sylvia McLain, Under the Microscope

Philip Moriarty, The laws of physics are undemocratic on Physicsfocus.

Philip Moriarty, Science is not what you want it to be on MSciP

Tim Johnson, Scientific facts and democratic values

Brigitte Nerlich, Going round in circles on MSciP

Warren Pearce, Academic jargon in the social sciences: self-indulgence or necessary evil? on MSciP

Kate Roach, The Impact awards: A short story for the Circling the square conference on MSciP

Alasdair Taylor, The peril of the press release

Alasdair Taylor, Has the square been circled?

And then there’s physics, Circling the square

Megan Beech, Circling the Square- research communication and impact

Research Fortnight, Is science advice inherently politicised?

Gregory Hollin, Kandinsky, New Objectivity, and ripping apart the furniture

Sarah Hartley, Warren Peace, Risk assessment policy as regulatory science



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