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There are a number of interesting links this week including an interview, a survey and the spread of the Science Café. However, before jumping into that, you may have heard that this year marks INASP’s 20th anniversary and, to celebrate the occasion, we held a symposium in June that focused on discussing a number of accepted ‘truths’ that impact on research, information and development.  Our latest newsletter focuses on this important milestone featuring articles that look at our past and our future as well as contributions from speakers and participants of the symposium.

So why not take a minute and have a glance at a very condensed 20 years of success! INASP newsletter 48 (PDF 1.32MB).

Leading on from this, Research to Action recently posted an analysis of a survey questioning top-researchers in a British university. One of the key points being that the majority felt research communication was merely an obligation and were not involved in think tanks or community groups. While the sample size is small, it produces some interesting and relevant discussion. See Researchers’ views on Communication Revealed.

Next up is an article on how the format of a science café, where experts and the public gather to discuss scientific issues in an accessible and informal way, is spreading in Africa. INASP has been involved in Science Cafes in the past – be it organising or participating in them. Our most recent was last week in Zimbabwe where the focus was GMOs. See the SciDev.net article Drinking up science in African cafés.

Finally, an interview with former INASP employee Kirsty Newman makes up Research to Action’s second entry in this short list of links. The interview covers life at INASP, Kirsty’s new role at DFID and views on evidence-informed policy. See Kirsty Newman: The interview.

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