DREaM keynote speaker Ben Goldacre on BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Dr Ben Goldacre (copyright Rhys Stacker 2009)

Dr Ben Goldacre (copyright Rhys Stacker 2009)

This morning Ben Goldacre – author, broadcaster, medical doctor, academic and keynote speaker at our forthcoming DREaM project conference at the British Library on 9th July – gave an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In it he discussed a report from the Behaviour Insight Unit of the Cabinet Office which suggests that government policy initiatives should be subject to the same kind of randomised control trials used to test new medicines and new ways of doing business.

The interview is available online on the Today programme’s web site. Ben writes about the report on the Bad Science web site in his posting entitled Here’s our Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials of government policies. Read it.

If you would like to hear Ben speak in person, there are still some places available for the DREaM project conference on Monday 9th July at the British Library, but hurry – registrations close next Monday.

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New Generation Thinkers – A call to Library and Information Science

Are you a Library and Information Science Researcher who would like to tell the world about work in the domain?

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has contacted the LIS Research Coalition to ask us to help identify the next generation of public intellectuals. Could you be the LIS equivalent of scientists Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili or Marcus de Sautoy, and work with the BBC to share the passion for your subject with the population at large? If your profile meets any of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for a chance to develop your own programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers:

  • You are currently undertaking an AHRC-funded postgraduate or postdoctoral award, or working as a postgraduate or postdoctoral member of an AHRC-funded research project, OR
  • You are currently undertaking a PhD in one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC (LIS is one of the AHRC domains), OR
  • You are within eight years of the award of your PhD, OR
  • You are within six years of your first academic appointment.

It would be fantastic for LIS to be represented in New Generation Thinkers, the pilot talent scheme for emerging academics with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience, and who have an interest in broader cultural debate. To find out more and make an application, please see the New Generation Thinkers page on the AHRC web site. The deadline for applications is 10th December 2010.