2017-2018

Ensuring Societal Advancement through Science and Technology: Pathways to Scientific Integration

By Stephanie Bazley In an increasingly digitised world, those within STEM fields have a responsibility to communicate their research in an accessible manner to the funders and end-users of their innovation. Steps should be taken to incentivise improved scientific communication by scientists via social media, open source publishing and outreach programs. In this way, we

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Prospective and Retrospective Rigour: Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Policy

By Kasey Markel The preservation of our environment is an ethical imperative and one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century. By necessity, much of the battle to protect the environment will be waged at the level of policy. However, the track record of environmental legislation shows much room for improvement, a development that

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Consider Fracking Your Backyard

By Amanda Murphy. Fracking, or hydraulic fracture stimulation, is a very recognisable, very divisive topic. It is common to have a strong opinion about fracking, be it for or against it. Indeed, for most, fracking is something for others to solve. But while we empathise with the impact of such industrial development, we seldom suggest

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Blockchain policy inertia: Where’s the disruption?

By Aisha Sobey Blockchain has been framed as a technology that could alter the shape of the world dramatically in the coming decades, influencing how we act and govern ourselves as a society, as the decentralised nature of Blockchain means that these networks wouldn’t be controlled by one person, group, corporation or government.

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A Cutting-edge IP Litigation: the European Front of CRISPR Patent War

By Michele Sanguanini CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that is revolutionising the way that scientists design biomedical research. In addition to this, CRISPR/Cas9 is opening promising avenues for applications in gene therapy, manufacturing, and agriculture. The commercial and disruptive potential of this invention is so promising that it sparked a ‘gold rush’ towards patenting

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Data Governance in the Genomics Era

By Emma Lawrence In recent years, the volume of data generated from all aspects of our lives has been increasing, in parallel with the sophistication of analytical techniques used to process this data. This shift toward a ‘data-driven’ society has the potential to yield insights that can benefit many sectors of public life, but it

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Building a secure, quantum internet for the future: will the UK’s science policy keep up?

By Alex Koehler-Sidki The digital world is changing fast; the computing power of today’s smartphones outpaces that of supercomputers from just twenty-five years ago. We can video-call people on the opposite side of the globe, and we trust that our data are transmitted securely from one device to another. But, given this breathless speed of

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The Art of Science Diplomacy

By Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar Richard Holbrooke once said ‘Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme’.  A fine-art as it seemingly is, diplomacy has recently had an added embellishment on its canvas: science. For the diplomats of the day, this new addition to the vanguard of diplomacy has come with a lot of additional

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Innovation in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

By Daniela Rodriguez-Rincon The discovery of antibiotics in 1928 led the world to believe that the fight against infectious diseases was one to be won within a few years. Nowadays, nearly 90 years following the discovery of penicillin, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality worldwide, with lower respiratory tract infections, diarrhoeal

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