One website well worth exploring is http://www.senseaboutscience.org.
They are an independent charitable trust with a small office team, run by a board of trustees, assisted by a 40-strong advisory council that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.
“With a database of over 6,000 scientists, from Nobel prize winners to postdocs and PhD students, we work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence. Through award-winning public campaigns, we share the tools of scientific thinking and scrutiny. Our growing international Voice of Young Science network engages hundreds of early career researchers in public debates about research and evidence. Our activities and publications are used and shaped by community groups, civic bodies, patient organisations, information services, writers, publishers, educators, health services and many others.”
‘People look to us to:
Make sense of science and evidence, provide quick help and advice, make a fuss about things that are wrong, represent the public interest in sound science, activate networks of scientists and others in defence of evidence.’
They ‘help people make sense of current discussions rather than taking them back to school’; ‘stand up for scientific inquiry, free from stigma, intimidation, hysteria or censorship’ and ‘want everyone, whatever their experience, to stand up for evidence in public life’.