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Scientist, superwoman, and sock drawer sorter

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7202.78 (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:78

Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and a neuroscientist at Oxford, Professor Susan Greenfield was in Hungary last week attending the world conference of science journalists, part of the world science conference. She explained to Abi Berger what makes science so exciting and why it is so important that this excitement is passed on to others

Given half a chance on a Sunday afternoon, Professor Susan Greenfield enjoys doing nothing more than sorting out her sock drawer or sipping a glass of Chablis in her garden. And given what she packs into the rest of the week, it would seem to be a well deserved break.

As well as being director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, she is also a prolific science journalist and broad-caster, and an internationally renowned neuroscientist. So she was well qualified to be at last week's world conference of science journalists. Her particular interest is in the dissemination of science and in encouraging feedback from the British public. “At present there's no general outlet for people to voice fear, and I'm really keen to …

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