Support & Advice
Principia Scientific International is first and foremost a point of reference for all scientists (and science-related professionals) on scientific matters that appear controversial or are spotlighted in the media. Wherever possible, we provide our members with a reliable port of call to ascertain the facts behind the news stories to better judge whether information being presented by third parties is accurate information and reflects a balanced view of all facets of the subject. We have a published mission statement and are committed to openness and transparency in our work (abiding by the principles of Karl Popper).
Who Are We?
Principia Scientific International (PSI) has hundreds of qualified scientists and engineers as members and well over a thousand subscribers to our regular newsletter. Check out our online list of select members. About a quarter of our members hold PhD qualifications and we have one Nobel Physics prize nominee and an immediate past president of one the UK’s royal colleges among us. But we are not elitist – we are for everyone who supports the traditions of the scientific method against the rise of non-verifiable and potentially biased ‘post normal’ science (PNS).
As a rapidly expanding fledgling science association we are constantly adding to our website functionality and member services. We actively encourage anyone to join and membership is entirely free (although we do suggest a nominal donation of about £30 – about US$40). The benefits of registering include:
- Automatic delivery of PSI’s periodic newsletters to your mailbox until/unless you unsubscribe
- Peer support on a range of science and professional matters
- Access to ‘members only’ documents
- Full and unrestricted use of our internal search engine
- Preferential publication and peer-review process using our innovative PROM system
Between addressing topical science stories, we will be diligently compiling and updating our database of contacts in all branches and levels of science. Thus we will be increasingly pro-active and in a position to facilitate the needs of ever more scientists to engage in the issues when they hit the headlines.
We aim to keep the major science stories on our radar so we can, as necessary, give the much needed topical and informed feedback to our members and other interested parties. We also encourage members to post their views and feedback in the commenting area after each news item or paper.
Workshops, Meetings and discussions
PSI hopes to make available select members of our team to attend events, conferences and news interviews as and when it is prudent and when scientific issues are hitting the headlines. PSI’s extensive network of contacts brings together a vast array of international scientists from a wide variety of scientific institutions to not only compellingly brainstorm the way science is being covered; but also explain what the scientific community can do to ensure the public has access to the best, most accurate, evidence based information available.
Support for Scientists and Policymakers
As well as general advice and support to scientists undertaking media work, PSI provides formal media training with a focus on particular subjects which we know will make the news. For example, PSI provides advice on how to explain the way science works on arcane issues to do with peer review and uncertainty in science.
As an example, our first major publication illustrates (below) that the hotly-debated climate change issue at international level is causing much confusion and uncertainty about the reliability of scientific research. World scientists in this field are now at the crossroads and PSI expertise may have a role to play.
Support to Journalists, Media Outlets
Aside from being a valuable channel of information on top media stories is also looking at ways to support non-specialists looking to delve deeper into complex science stories. We are publishing a series of books specifically to explain for non-scientists some of the more complicated science and concepts.
Our first book, Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory is now available free to registered member and has received endorsement from a wide range of reviewers, scientists and respected commentators in the field of climate science.
Our ultimate goal is to encourage scientists and the public to better understand the importance of principled and transparent approach to research and learning; to access accurate, evidence-based scientific information about the stories of the day.
PSI is not beholden for its funds to any corporation, political party or undisclosed source. PSI functions on the income generated from its members and stakeholders ostensibly via book sales, consultancy fees and unsolicited charitable donations.