Speaking of Research was founded in March 2008 by Tom Holder in a project supported by both Pro-Test and Americans for Medical Progress. Holder had previously been involved in the formation of the Pro-Test movement in the UK, acting as its spokesman from 2006-2011. Since its inception, many scientists and animal research communicators have joined the Speaking of Research committee and contributed to its news blog. The website has a number of Senior Editors who change over time.
Speaking of Research members have given talks and presentations about communicating the issue of animal research at seminars and conferences around the world. Among these, they have addressed the Society for Neuroscience, the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the Swedish Research Council. The committee has participated in interviews and debates on CNN, BBC as well as other national and local TV and radio programmes. We have also participated in university debates in the US, UK and Ireland.
March 2008 – Speaking of Research founded; website launched
April 2009 – Speaking of Research support the formation of Pro-Test for Science and their first rally that attracted around 700 people. The Pro-Test Petition is also jointly announced by Speaking of Research, Americans for Medical Progress and Pro-Test for Science.
April 2010 – Speaking of Research supports the second Pro-Test for Science rally where over 11,000 signatures from the Pro-Test Petition was handed to the NIH.
February 2012 – Two Speaking of Research members receive the prestigious Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
January 2013 – Speaking of Research makes its 500th blog post
March 2013 – Speaking of Research celebrates its 5th year, pledging to do more to communicate animal research
June 2013 – Speaking of Research supports the first rally of Pro-Test Italia in Milan, standing up to the rising tide of animal rights extremism across Italy.