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Evidence matters to the public

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Plant Science Panel

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'The Ugly Truth'

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Standing Up for Science 2: the nuts and bolts

Standing up for Science 2-the nuts and bolts is a guide for early career scientists, engineers, medics and others who want to promote good science and fight misinformation.


The guide was launched in January 2009 and contains examples of different ways to stand up for science in public - from hunting down the evidence behind product claims to correcting misinformation in all kinds of media - along with practical tips on how to do it such as calling up companies, writing blogs and attending public meetings.

The VoYS network want to inspire others to join them and get involved, but they also want to send the message that it doesn’t always have to be about big actions and no matter who you are, what your background is or how much experience you have, there are plenty of things that can be done that have an effect on public debates about science.

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  • Top tip 1: Ask for Evidence. If you’re being sold a product or asked to believe a claim then you deserve to know whether it’s based on evidence – or imagination.

  • Top tip 2: Detox. It’s a marketing myth – our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.

  • Top tip 3: Superfood. There is no such thing, just foods that are high in some nutrients.

  • Top tip 4: Cleansing. You shouldn’t be trying to cleanse anything other than your skin or hair.

  • Top tip 5: If it sounds too good to be true… it probably is.

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