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My involvement in the public understanding of science in the UK came through a critique of claims for a genetic basis for IQ differences between races. That led to my chairmanship of the Royal Society's Committee on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). The main thrust of its 1985 report was directed at the need for scientists to learn how to communicate with the general public in all its guises, and to consider it a duty to do so. The formation of COPUS brought the Royal Society and the British Association for the Advancement of Science together and initiated a movement for scientific organizations to take engagement between scientists and the public seriously. © 2010 The Royal Society.

Original publication

DOI

10.1098/rsnr.2010.0035

Type

Journal article

Journal

Notes and records of the royal society

Publication Date

20/09/2010

Volume

64