The Dianne Stilwell Bursary

As a founding member of Stempra, Dianne Stilwell was an integral part of the network that we are today and was previously awarded honorary life membership for her contributions. Since her passing last year, we have been flooded with wonderful, warm stories of her from the membership, with many of those highlighting her commitment to …More

AGM minutes – 29th March 2016

 The 2016 Stempra AGM was held on Tuesday 29 March. Here are the minutes in full and a list of attendees. You can meet our new committee here.   Agenda 1. Approve minutes from 2015 AGM Minutes were approved by the general aye.   2. Update from Chair So we're here for another Stempra …More

Press Officer Training Day – feedback wanted!!

Feedback Thank you to all those who attended to POTD, we hope you enjoyed the day and found it interesting and enjoyable, in order for us to assess the day it would be extremely helpful if you could complete our short evaluation form: Of the responses we receive one will be drawn from at …More

Press Officer Training Day – COMPETITION!

As part of our Press Officer Training Day (which is fast approaching!!!) we’re launching a brand new session to the mix: 99 problems but the pitch ain’t one. It's all very exciting.... So, what is this session all about? I hear you ask.... Well - this is YOUR chance to stand in front of our …More

Stempra Press Officer Training Day Bursaries

Although there is no fee to attend the Press Officer Training Day, Stempra is aware that the costs of travelling to the event and any necessary overnight accommodation may prevent certain individuals from attending. If you are a student, or are unemployed & seeking employment in the sector, or working for a smaller institution or …More

Animal research: what does openness look like?

By Rob Dawson Animal research remains a contentious subject and some scientists are still concerned about openly discussing their research for fear of attack from campaign groups. This packed event at the Academy of Medical Sciences highlighted how these concerns are unjustified today and asked science PRs to do all that they can to encourage …More

Social media toolkit

By Jess Devonport So you've got Facebook and Twitter, and you're posting posting updates and stories, but maybe you're not sure you're getting the most out of it. Well never fear, here are some apps and tools that you can use to understand your audience and create content that they will want to engage with. …More

Stempra AGM 2015

Below are the minutes from our 2015 AGM: Date and time: 7.00pm Tuesday 21st April Venue: The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Rd, London, WC1X 8PN Agenda Approve minutes from 2014 AGM Update from the Chair Ed Sykes updated AGM of the events throughout the year and the work of the Committee, including: Our 10 general …More

Response from Francis Maude

Following our joint letter to Francis Maude, we have received the following response: Dear Ms Fox, Thank you for your email of 27 March expressing your concerns about the recent change to the Civil Service Code requiring civil servants to obtain Ministerial authorisation for contact with the media. First of all I would like to …More

Open letter to Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Dear Mr Francis Maude, We write to express our deep concern about the recently announced revision of the Civil Service Code that requires all civil servants to seek ministerial authorisation for any contact with the media. We fear that this change will prevent scientists who are employed at public expense from responding to the needs …More

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