Sir Paul Nurse PRS took to the nation’s television screens last night to present Horizon: Science Under Attack on the BBC. The programme looked at why some people do not trust science and scientists. He examined issues such as climate change, GM crops and the link between HIV and Aids.
Sir Paul questioned why, in a world built by science, many people fail to recognise that the authority of science comes from evidence, open argument and transparency in debate rather than from ideology and dogma. He argued that scientists must be key players in public debates such as how to feed the world’s growing population, tackle climate change and treat disease.
The programme is available on BBC iPlayer until Monday 21 Feb 2011.