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Prof Brian Wynne's lecture in Edinburgh

Professor Brian Wynne will be giving a SKAPE-Net lecture on 'When Science Forgets Itself, in Public: The Pre-History of the 1986 Post-Chernobyl Scientific Error Over Radio-Caesium Contamination of Sheep.' Time: 16:30-18:00 in the Business School, LT3. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Brian Wynne is Emeritus Professor of Science Studies at the University of Lancaster. He is widely celebrated for his pathbreaking work in the public understanding of science and in particular for his studies overturning the deficit model. His work has covered technology and risk assessment, public risk perceptions, and public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making, and has been a key contribution to debates on the 'Risk Society'. Brian has long been actively engaged in policy circles and was an Inaugural Member of the Management Board and Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, (EEA), (1994-2000) and a Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Science and Society, (March 2000). He is also a member of the London Royal Society's Committee on Science in Society. In 2010, Brian Wynne was awarded the John Desmond Bernal Prize by the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Among his many notable works are Misunderstanding Science? The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology (1996; with Alan Irwin) and Rationality and Ritual: Participation and Exclusion in Nuclear Decision-making (1982).

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