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Lavinia Paternoster takes part in Education Media Centre briefing

16 December 2013

On 16th December 2013 MRC Research Fellow Dr Lavinia Paternoster was invited to the first media briefing of the newly formed Education Media Centre to discuss the role of genetics in education research.

On 16th December 2013 MRC Research Fellow Dr Lavinia Paternoster was invited to the first media briefing of the newly formed Education Media Centre to discuss the role of genetics in education research. The briefing occurred in the wake of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove's controversial comments in the media on the extent of the influence of genetics on an individual's educational attainment. Other researchers invited to the event were Dr Claire Haworth, Deputy Director of the Twins Early Development study (TEDs) at Kings College London and Dr John Jerrim from the Institute of Education, University College London. Education and science correspondents from the BBC, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Independent and New Scientist, amongst others were in attendance to listen to the panel's views. During the Q&A session speakers busted common myths about the role of genetics in this field with a view to enable better reporting of genetic research in the future.

The blogpost summarising the event can be found here:

http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/when-science-meets-education/
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