'The challenge is not always related to size as it is to our ability to make sense of the available data.' Photo by Adrian S Jones, Creative Commons licence.
Every year, we generate greater amounts of data. This presents opportunities and risks for businesses, public services and citizens. Dr Abdelaziz Berrado (Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingenieurs, Rabat, Morocco) gives us an update on big data and data science while academics and others discuss the topic at the UK-Morocco big data workshop, Imperial College London, 17-19
Education systems don't produce enough women scientists. Photo by Intel Free Press, Creative Commons licence.
Recent research concludes that not enough young people are choosing to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and pursue STEM careers, and that the profile of those who do is too narrow to sustain Europe's economic competitiveness. The British Council's Dr Tim Slingsby believes that policy adjustments may help turn the problem around.
Studies have shown that international mobility drastically improves young scientists' careers. Photo by Kuster & Wildhaber Photography / Creative Commons
Cell delivery systems for treatment of stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and bone regeneration are under development. Photo of nano-sized plastic particles (cell delivery system) courtesy of the author.
The promises of regenerative medicine cause both hope and fear. Professor Kevin Shakesheff, who spoke at our 'Unlocking the secrets behind regenerative medicine' event in London yesterday, explains some of the controversy. The event is part of BIRAX, our UK-Israel initiative to support international research into some of the world's most dreadful diseases.
The debate around maths education is held up by opposing tensions, rather like a suspension bridge (photo: Robert S Donovan)
Ceri Morgan of Ofsted, the UK's official body for inspecting schools and standards in education, explains some of the counterbalancing tensions in maths education, ahead of the British Council's Mathematics Matters conference in December.