science communication

New media rules hit UK government scientists

Science communication bodies have criticised a UK Government code for civil servants requiring ministerial approval before they talk to the media. The UK’s Civil Service Code was updated this month requiring the pre-authorisation, which in theory also applies to scientists working for the government in units such as the Met Office and the National Institute […]

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Otago looking for another science communication professor

Well this is exciting – the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication is undertaking a worldwide search for a science communication academic to join the Dunedin-based centre run by Professor Lloyd Davis. The Centre for Science Communication is New Zealand’s only dedicated science communication academic centre and has won worldwide acclaim for its work […]

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Deborah Blum's creative science writing

if you have read The Poisoner’s Handbook, or any of Professor Deborah Blum‘s science features, you’ve probably marveled at how she spins a gripping story woven through with well laid-out scientific concepts.  Take, for instance, her Slate feature about the US Government’s little-known Prohibition-era bid to stop people drinking – poisoning the industrial alcohol bootleggers […]

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When science writing is King

If you are a blogger writer or science communicator, you should seriously consider checking out the upcoming Writing Science event being held at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Auckland in October. I’ll be there and the programme looks pretty impressive. What’s the workshop about? The following quote from the workshop promotional material pretty much sums it up: […]

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