In Conversation: Who Owns Science?

by Media Desk Published on: 13th February 1900

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On 11 February 2020 an event entitled " In Conversation: Who Owns Science?” was organised by the Science and Industry Museum (MSI), Castlefield, Manchester. It was a panel conversation on "How has Britain's history as a scientific and industrial leader been influenced by its imperial past?”

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The panellists were: Science journalist Angela Saini joined by historian Prof Pratik Chakrabarti ( Director of CHSTM) and Prof Salim Al-Hassani  (President of FSTC). They addressed the question of Who Owns Science. The event was oversubscribed and became social media sensation overnight, see some of the comments below. Of particular interest were the slides shown by Professor Al-Hassani revealing how science books in schools and public memory overlook more than a 1000 years of contributions of men and women from various civilisations. One of the slides shows a popular history timeline of women in science, which also reveals a similar gap, see below. This amnesia is thought to generate a sense of superiority in European societies and at the same time engenders inferiority complex in other societies. It is thought that these historical gaps should be filled in by introducing male and female scientists from the Muslim world, China and India who were pivotal in the early development of science.

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