The Progressive Science Institute
inclusive science that works for progress
The Progressive Science Institute is an inclusive group of PhD students, scientists and those who have an interest in science who believe science should not purport to be separate from many of the political, economic and social realities which play a huge role in all our lives. They aim to challenge the belief that ‘science is neutral’ and encourage scientists and the public to engage with the scientific process in a way which makes it clear that those who do scientific research must consider the societal implications of their work. They believe in making science more open and publicly accountable, thereby ensuring it is used for the public interest.
PSI was inspired by BSSRS, the radical science movement that began in the 1970s in response to issues such as scientists being involved in the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons. Like BSSRS, they have created Working Groups which will work largely autonomously towards the values and ideals of their members. They are a democratic organization, with decisions regarding funding and the larger direction of the organisation being taken by members.
The Progressive Science Institute is building a network of members and Working Groups who will run events and campaigns related to our aims, as well as writing and recording content to share information and ideas. They will also act as a hub for science consulting in cases regarding issues often overlooked by science or in communities with little of no access to scientific knowledge or expertise.
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The scientific enterprise is built upon the assumption that those carrying it out can be neutral observers of the phenomena found in nature. The fact that science is carried out by human beings means that this assumption must be challenged. Scientific research is subject to the same political, economic and societal pressures that are faced in any area of human endeavour and we at PSI believe this must be acknowledged by both the wider scientific community and the public.
On the website of The Progressive Science Institute you will find details of PSI’s activities, which includes everything from supporting public campaigns, running events, writing blogs and publishing our upcoming magazine “Science for Progress”, and details of their aims and ethos. They are building a community dedicated to a diverse, inclusive science that works for progress.