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Science & Society Seminar: Tracey Brown
Our Science & Society Seminars take place either online, or in-person across different EMBL sites. These talks create a platform for dialogue and debate, allowing EMBL to examine the ethical, legal, and social implications of scientific research.

In this session, Tracey Brown OBE (Sense About Science), will present the topic of "Challenging the Misrepresentation of Science and Evidence in Public Life".
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Tracey Brown OBE
Director @Sense About Science
Tracey Brown has been the director of Sense about Science since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has turned the case for sound science and evidence into popular campaigns to urge scientific thinking and questioning among the public and the people who answer to them. It has launched important initiatives including AllTrials, a successful global campaign for the reporting of all clinical trial outcomes; and the Ask for Evidence campaign, which engages the public in requesting evidence for claims. Tracey leads the Transparency of Evidence initiative, to get more of the evidence behind government decisions reported and published, and launched the first ever Evidence Week in the UK parliament. In 2010, the Times named Tracey as one of the ten most influential figures in science policy in Britain and in 2014 she was recognised by the Science Council for her work on evidence-based policy making. In June 2017 Tracey was made an OBE for services to science.
Dr Andrew McCarthy
Team Leader @EMBL Grenoble
Dr Andrew McCarthy, who will host this seminar, is a staff scientist at EMBL Grenoble, and has been Team leader since 2007. He completed his PhD at National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1997, worked as a Research associate at Utrecht University, and conducted his Postdoctoral research at Massey University and Auckland University.
Lucia von Bredow
Science & Society Manager @EMBL Heidelberg
Lucia von Bredow, who will host this seminar, runs the Science & Society Programme at EMBL. She has a background in law, public affairs and stakeholder engagement in the healthcare and life science sectors. The Science & Society Programme has been running for over twenty years. It seeks to create a bridge between EMBL, external stakeholders, and cross-sectoral experts, by undertaking analysis of, and discussion on the societal impact of scientific research. We act as a neutral facilitator, providing an impartial forum to explore the societal context in which scientific research operates.