‘Fairness in knowing’: How should we engage with the sciences?

Your invitation to Professor Richard Holliman’s Inaugural Lecture:

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Richard Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research, will deliver his inaugural lecture during British Science Week.

‘Fairness in knowing’: How should we engage with the sciences?

Science has the power to influence our lives, raising questions about how it should be governed, represented and funded. Who should have a voice in framing scientific investigations? How should contemporary scientific research be conducted? Who should be involved in shaping how the outputs from scientific investigations impact on society and the economy?

To celebrate The Open University at 50, Professor Holliman will explore selected examples from the OU’s curriculum, research and knowledge exchange portfolios in this inaugural lecture. In so doing, he will address normative, substantive and instrumental motivations for how we should continue to engage with the sciences. He will argue that engagement with the sciences should have a moral imperative, to act as a route to promoting epistemic justice, or ‘fairness in knowing’.


Richard Holliman, Professor of Engaged Research, has studied and worked at the Open University (UK) since the mid-1990s. Now based in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences his research interests lie in exploring the ways that academic research is communicated via a range of media and genres. This includes ideas about how (upstream) public engagement with research may be shifting and extending social practices.

18:00 – Berrill Lecture Theatre – The Open University

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View other OU 50th anniversary inaugural lectures at: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/inaugural-lectures