Our Spring Newsletter is out now

Our Spring Newsletter is out now


Read about our recent activities and latest developments in the Hub’s Spring 2022 Newsletter.

In this Spring edition, we’re highlighting our work in helping to address some of the international challenges we face today. An editorial emphasises the responsibilities of scientists during the Russian war against Ukraine. Our role in delivering science advice continues in the SAPEA Consortium, and we share the latest developments in the CALIPER project, which tackles gender equality. We feature our recent interview with Sir David King MAE, who shares his ambitions to tackle climate change. Plus, you’ll find videos and publications from our recent events, on Diamond Open Access and the role of networks in the science advice ecosystem.  

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“It’s important to know that no woman is alone. All of us have been there in one way or another.” An interview with Professor Asimina Kiourti

“It’s important to know that no woman is alone. All of us have been there in one way or another.” An interview with Professor Asimina Kiourti


As part of the CALIPER project, we are conducting a series of interviews with inspirational women who work in STEM research and innovation. We explore what motivated them to choose their career, their experiences and the barriers that they faced.

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Briefing Series: new paper on the role of university and academy networks in science advice

Briefing Series: new paper on the role of university and academy networks in science advice


The fifth paper in our Briefing Series, ‘Science advice at times of crisis: what role for universities and academies?’ is available now.

At our webinar on 25th April 2022, an expert panel, representing six international policy engagement networks, came together to discuss what we are learning about science advice at times of crisis, and the role of such networks. 130 joined the ‘live’ webinar, from 28 countries across the world. This briefing is a summary of ideas discussed at the webinar. You can watch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.

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Standing up for scientific freedom at a time of war

Standing up for scientific freedom at a time of war


In a strongly-worded editorial in the journal FUNCTION, Ole Petersen and Alexei Verkhratsky applaud the actions of scientists who oppose the Russian war against Ukraine.

The editorial cites examples where members of academia, both collectively and as individuals, have condemned acts of Russian aggression. They include Nobel Prize winner, Sir John Eccles FRS ML who denounced the crushing of the Prague Spring (1968) by the Soviet Union. In 2022, national academies – including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – have issued a statement that calls out the ‘unprovoked attack against Ukraine’. Academia Europaea has made a similar declaration.

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ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia

ESOF2022 session: The Chair: Fact or Fiction? Addressing the challenges faced by women leaders in academia


We are delighted to be participating at this year’s EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference, the largest biennial interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe.

Online session: Saturday 16th July 2022 13.15pm-14.30 UK

Theme: Off the beaten track: new paths for Academic Careers


About our session at ESOF2022


The popular Netflix series The Chair, shows overtly stereotypical characters in a conventional academic setting. The protagonist is the first female Chair of the department, as well as the youngest, and the first person of colour. In addition, she is trying to achieve a work-life balance as a single mother to a young child. The show deals with her struggles as she tries to bring about positive transformation, in a department that is failing but where many colleagues are resistant to change, and real power rests elsewhere in the College.

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