The Wellcome Trust

Science and Citizenship - Media Relations

logo-wellcomeThe Wellcome Trust and the Association for Science Education (ASE) were launching a new set of 'schemes of work' to enable secondary school teachers to explore Social and ethical issues relating to science, in the context of the citizenship curriculum. They were keen to encourage uptake of these materials and to encourage scientists to become more interested in the issues surrounding their work.

Think-Lab provided a media relations function for the launch of the schemes of work and an associated stakeholder conference, generating significant national and trade media coverage, including an editorial in the journal Nature.

Valuable Lessons - Stakeholder Conference

When the Wellcome Trust wanted to bring together diverse groups of more than 100 people to discuss the future of science education, they were prescribed a good dose of Think-Lab. We worked with them to produce a day where the UK's leading academics, teachers, policymakers and scientists could come together, share perspectives and work on a joint task. We developed novel participative techniques to encourage delegates to consider the future of the science curriculum and at the end of the day they produced a valuable action plan that went on to inform the Trust's future activity in this area.

Pulse

The Wellcome Trust launched a new funding stream for science and the performing arts in February 2003, called Pulse. In order to build capacity for the funding and to encourage new collaborations between scientists and arts professionals, Think-Lab was invited to develop a pilot of two participative networking events, which took place in Edinburgh and Bristol in January 2003.