Our upcoming public dialogues: What is your #greenReaction ?

Mostly when you hear from scientists it’s in the news or on TV and they’re talking at you. You don’t often get a chance to talk to scientists in person, find out what they do all day and have a chance to discuss and ask questions. This lack of communication can sometimes lead to distrust of science and new technologies. Just think of all the controversy around GMOs, wind farms and even vaccines! We can’t blame the public for this; if people don’t understand and don’t trust what we do it has to be because we as scientists aren’t having a proper dialogue with the public whilst our research is in its early stages.

That’s what the Green Reactions project is all about. We think the public has had enough of hearing about science in press releases and lectures (and even from Brian Cox). We think it’s time that scientists talked with the public face to face, over a beer, with a few jokes. We think there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

Luckily the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology agreed with us and were willing to give us some money to make it happen! So we’re running a series of four events during May and June, one in collaboration with Pint of Science, one with Café Scientifique and two with the Festival of Ideas, all themed around different areas of our research into the environment and green technology from bio-based plastics to the moorlands of Ecuador!

What will your #greenReaction be!?

TEDYouth, Session 2, November 15, 2014, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.  Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
TEDYouth, Session 2, November 15, 2014, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

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!!!!! EVENTS !!!!!

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“Our fragile atmosphere” w/ Pint of Science York

19th May 2015, 7.30-9pm @ Duke of York Pub

http://pintofscience.co.uk/event/our-fragile-atmosphere/

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“Let’s talk drugs” w/ Cafe Scientifique (York Philosophical Society)

3rd June 2015, 7-9pm @ The Basement, City Screen Cinema

http://www.ypsyork.org/events/lets-talk-drugs-a-debate-on-how-we-choose-produce-and-use-our-pharmaceuticals/

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“Rubbish resources” w/ York Festival of Ideas

19th June 2015, 7-9pm @ The Basement, City Screen Cinema

http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/community-events/rubbish-resources/

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“Think Green! (or not..)” w/ York Festival of Ideas

20th June 2015, 6-8pm @ Berrick Saul Building, University of York

http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015/talks/think-green/

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– contributed by Ian Ingram

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