TNS BMRB has a wealth of experience in understanding public attitudes towards science and technology, as well as engaging scientists in dialogue with the public on the wider implications of their work. We work particularly to help organisations think about the strategic and policy implications of research.
We are proud to have worked with Sciencewise and the research councils in delivering some of their major public dialogue studies – including work on stem cells and most recently on synthetic biology. We are now working with the research councils to help embed findings.
We have worked for a variety of scientific organisations on topics as varied as brand positioning, communications, policy development, evaluation, and improving regulation. Our experience includes studies for:
- The Royal Society evaluating their 350th Anniversary and building stakeholder views into strategy
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to build public views into funding priorities on the use of nanotechnology for healthcare
- The University of Surrey exploring the impact of communications on public attitudes to genomics
- The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Engineering and Technology Board examining public perceptions of engineering to inform communications strategy
- The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to conduct a national survey of public attitudes to science and technology
- The Department for Education and the Wellcome Trust to evaluate the Science Learning Centres
- The Environment Agency to embed stakeholder views into approaches to control the use and management of radioactive substances