Science and Society Portfolio

Peter Healey (SPSG) and Professor Alan Irwin (Brunel University) led this programme.

From 1998-2000 they coordinated the ESRC New Opportunities Programme on Public Understanding of Science and a parallel collaboration with the Nordic Research Councils.

Arising from this work they were asked to prepare the initial research specification for the ESRC 'Science in Society' Programme, they launched a Science and Society Forum, with a strong emphasis on evaluation, and developed with Nordic and other colleagues a thematic network, STAGE (Science, Technology and Governance in Europe) which is being funded between 2001 and 2004 by the EU Fifth Framework Programme.