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Pilot study explores new avenue for public dialogue

13 November 2012

BBSRC has today published findings from a public dialogue project which piloted a mechanism for exploring public views around a broad area of research which could then feed into BBSRC's strategic decision making processes.

BBSRC chose Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health as the strategic area for this pilot and commissioned Ipsos MORI to hold a one day workshop with 21 members of the public to discuss what 'healthy' meant to them, the challenges to health facing society and their views on potential different strategic directions BBSRC could take in this area in the future.

Dr Emma Longridge, BBSRC's Public Dialogue and Accountability Officer, explains: "We felt it was important to carry out this pilot to provide evidence in discussions about how best to use public dialogue as a tool in informing BBSRC's strategic priorities. BBSRC places great importance on engaging with the public and ensuring their voices are heard but previous dialogue projects have focussed on specific technologies. This pilot has been about exploring a new mechanism for gathering public views at a strategic level."

BBSRC's Bioscience for Society Strategy panel and Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health strategy advisory panel will discuss the findings from the project and look at if and how to develop this new public dialogue mechanism. Their response will be published in early 2013.


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