Society for Neuroscience Today: Session on Animal Research and Public Outreach

Are you among the almost 30,000 neuroscientists are attending the annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN) meeting in Chicag0 this week?  Are you looking for a session aimed at building outreach and education efforts for better public understanding of animal research?  If so, SFN's Committee on Animal Research has a session today at noon. ME13  ANIMALS … Continue reading Society for Neuroscience Today: Session on Animal Research and Public Outreach

Animal research openness in action – from Cambridge to Florida

Last week we published an article calling on all involved in animal research to speak up for science as animal rights activists held their annual World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL), writing: This year, if your university or facility is among those that attract attention during WWAIL, we ask that you join in the conversation … Continue reading Animal research openness in action – from Cambridge to Florida

Time for a change?

Scientists and the scientific community receive some fairly standard advice when it comes to direct response to some animal rights groups’ stunts and campaigns. What is it?  Typically some variant of:  Ignore it. Don’t give them free publicity, the attention just helps them grow. Don’t acknowledge that their campaigns affect us, it will just reinforce … Continue reading Time for a change?

Raising the bar: What makes an effective public response in the face of animal rights campaigns?

For some scientists and institutions engaged in animal research,  activist campaigns against them are a fact of life.  These campaigns vary in tactics, scope, and longevity. At one end of the scale are the limited scope campaigns, perhaps when a paper reprints, more or less verbatim, an activist press release manufactured from misrepresenting publicly-available records. … Continue reading Raising the bar: What makes an effective public response in the face of animal rights campaigns?

2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

Today's guest post is from Elizabeth Reitz, who is the program director for Americans for Medical Progress. They are now starting their 2013 Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach - a great program which played a huge part in starting Speaking of Research in 2008. Please share this with friends and colleagues. Americans for … Continue reading 2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

That public outreach is an increasingly important part of the scientific life in the 21st century should be news to no-one, and this is as true of biomedical research as of any other field of scientific endeavor. Allyson Bennett has written extensively for us on this subject, highlighting both the benefits of public outreach, and … Continue reading Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

Part 4: Many voices speaking of animal research

We recently wrote about the many existing venues, activities, and materials designed to encourage public dialogue and informed discussion about animal research.  Many individuals, institutions, and organizations contribute to public outreach and education efforts, and also take active roles in dialogue about continuing changes in practice and policy concerning animal welfare and the conduct of … Continue reading Part 4: Many voices speaking of animal research