October 20, 2021

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

Julian Huppert MP

Decisions about science that affect our lives are being made by people with little knowledge of those areas. Should we be worried? Debacles such as Tony Blair’s handling of the MMR vaccine scandal in the early Noughties show what can go wrong when science is poorly handled by politicians.

Ten years on, just one of our 650 MPs was a practising research scientist before entering the Commons. But what does this mean for science and society? Haralambos Dayantis has been speaking to key figures from science and government, to find out what sort of qualities scientists can bring to politics.

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