In profile

  • Vivian Yam: ‘Teaching and research go hand in hand’

  • Prasanna de Silva: ‘Kindness plays a key role in academia’

  • Eugenia Kumacheva: ‘My poetry is in my research proposals’

  • Bert Meijer: ‘I'm in love with molecules’

  • Thomas Hartung: ‘I am not a funny guy’

  • Kelly Chibale: ‘No leader should be feared’

  • Allen Bard: ‘What I really couldn’t stand was the segregation’

  • Edgar Cahoon: ‘There is still so much basic knowledge to learn’

  • Janine Cossy: ‘Negative results are more important’

  • Dick Zare: ‘I got into big fights with my science teacher’

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Who counts?


Recording diversity in the physical sciences matters

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Raven the Science Maven’s communication haven


Combining science, music and cultural awareness

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Latest diversity figures paint improving picture of physical sciences in the UK

By Maria Burke

Engineering and physical sciences funder reveals award and fellowship data

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Design of experiments

Quizzes and resources to help you to become better at designing experiments. Created in partnership with JMP

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A powerful blow against misconduct

Supporting whistleblowers is vital for detecting and preventing bad behaviour

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Prominent Chinese immunologist and research integrity leader cleared of scientific misconduct

Investigation finds problems with images but concludes that Xuetao Cao is not guilty of research fraud

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Ethical challenge

Should researchers infect healthy people with Sars-CoV-2 to speed up vaccine testing?

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Practical chemistry classes resume at English universities

Lifting of lockdown restrictions allows students to return to teaching laboratories


Chemist whose father survived oil rig disaster inspired to swap slides for VR safety training

Training using virtual reality could help chemical manufacturing workers prepare for the worst

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Defence of the realm

The world’s critical infrastructure is under attack and it’s going to take a joint effort to protect it