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Monthly Archives: July 2012

From Dublin to Dakar

As mentioned in my previous post, I recently spoke at the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin. This is the European equivalent of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting, but is only held every second year. For … Continue reading

Is it peer reviewed?

During my visit to the Euroscience Open Forum in Dublin last week, I participated in a panel discussion entitled ‘Science Advice for European Policy’ organised by the UK charitable trust Sense about Science. This organisation aims to equip people to … Continue reading

The Advanced Technology Institute – opportunities and challenges for academia

This week saw the announcement of details about the previously heralded Advanced Technology Institute (ATI). The focus of the ATI is on encouraging firms in New Zealand to make better use of the extensive capabilities that lie within the New … Continue reading

The nature of scientific knowledge – inspiration from Higgs

On 4 July 2012 physicists at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, announced that they now have compelling evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle whose existence was postulated 48 years ago by Peter Higgs … Continue reading