My colleague, Maria Wolters, writes:
I'd also like to mention the Science is Vital campaign, which is orchestrated by biomedical researchers but aims to be as inclusive as possible. There will be a march in London on October 7, a letter writing campaign, and potentially much more ... I know it's incredibly tempting not to do anything because politicians don't listen anyway, but if we don't complain loudly enough now, we might as well stick a sign on our backs saying "Doormats - If You Need Funds, Take Them From Us."
A colleague recently referred to EPSRC's approach of appointing program managers untrained in the areas they manage as like the Portsmouth Sinfonia.
"These then are twelve virtues of rationality: Curiosity, relinquishment, lightness, evenness, argument, empiricism, simplicity, humility, perfectionism, precision, scholarship, and the void." By Eliezer S. Yudkowsky. Spotted via Conal Elliott. Thanks for the tip, Conal, it's a great read.
For those of you in or near Edinburgh: 7pm Monday 13 September 2010, Malone's Irish Bar, 14 Forrest Road. How to find us: "Look out for the lambda on the table". Organized by Ollie Saunders.