Principia Scientific International is first and foremost a point of reference for all scientists (and science-related professionals) on scientific matters that are controversial or spotlighted in the media. 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.
Who Are We?
We have 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. 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 scientific method against the rise of sinister and secretive government funded '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 during 2013. The benefits of membership 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
- Use of our internal private mailing service so you may contact directly any other member without divulging your email address
- Ability to search our copy of the recently leaked draft of the IPCC's upcoming AR5 report
- Free use of the Members’ Discussion Forum
- Preferential publication and peer review using our innovatice 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 on our members' forum.
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 hit the headlines. 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 our first major publication illustrates (below) it has become very clear that the whole climate change issue at international level is in complete disarray. World scientists in this field are now at the crossroads and PSI expertise may have a vital 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 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.
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