We’re in an exciting time for research, but with endless ‘genes for x’ and ‘cures for y’ it can be difficult to tell exaggeration from facts. So where does the message get distorted? And can we work together to make sure it doesn’t?

Have You Heard? is a project, started in 2017 by a small group of scientists at the University of Manchester. Our mission is to connect adults with science in a community setting, sparking discussion about what science is, how it makes it to our newspapers or social media newsfeed, and how to interpret this information.

At tailored sessions we’ll give you some real examples from our own fields of the journey from an experiment to a news story, and discuss what can go wrong along the way. Then, with your help, we will come up with some ideas for getting science messages to the people who need them quickly and clearly. We’ve also produced an infographic (below) with some top tips on how to interpret science in the news!


You can contact us for more information about the project or to request us to visit your community group. We’d be delighted to hear from you!

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