Stempra Scotland

By Kate Mcallister We are really pleased to report that our first big Stempra Scotland event in recent memory – held at the University of Edinburgh in May – was a success! As well as a brilliant line-up of speakers, we hosted around 45 press officers and science communication professionals from all over the UK, …More

Crisis communications – lessons for us all

By Claire Hastings We may be science communicators, but in any press office, preparing for and reacting in a crisis is our responsibility. Whether you’re the one fielding calls, writing statements or calling the shots – we all have to know what to do when disaster strikes. But how can we prepare for something we hope will …More

Stempra AGM Minutes 2018

Date and Time: 7pm Monday 26 March 2018 Venue: The Castle Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross St, London, EC1M 6DB Attendees: Rachel Argo Daisy Barton Seil Collins Daniel Gooch Claire Hastings Emily Head Hayley Jarvis Erin Johnson Alice Kay Jo Kelly Fareha Lasker Fiona Lethbridge Simon Levey Sophia McCully Natasha Neill Shamim Quadir Freya Robb Joseph Shuttleworth …More

How can press officers help improve public trust in medical evidence?

In November, Stempra ran an event in conjunction with and hosted at the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) on the findings and recommendations the AMS report on report on enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines. Among the report’s many recommendations aimed at different sectors of the …More

What can press officers learn from unconscious bias?

On a mild night approaching the end of October, Stempra members gathered in The Crown Tavern in Farringdon to discuss unconscious bias. Omar Jamshed, Stempra committee member and chair of the event, started the proceedings by asking panel members if STEM has a diversity problem… On the panel were Lenna Cumberbatch Equality, Diversity and Inclusion …More

Stempra goes North

The second northern Stempra event was held in September at the University of Manchester, in response to the clear appetite for additional events held outside of London. Stempra Chair, Claire Hastings, welcomed some forty press & comms officers to the event and introduced a packed programme. First up was Jamie Brown, News and Media Relations …More

Why sharing embargoed material is an absolute must

Stempra members might have seen the recent discussions of a case where an organisation was approached to comment on an embargoed report by a journalist, only to be told that said report couldn’t be shared with them at that point. It turned out that the organisation’s experts never got sight of the report before it …More

Science and health journalists meet STEM press officers

In mid-August, we hosted our first ever joint social with the ABSW and MJA. This event encouraged press officers and journalists to together over some drinks and nibbles to see how we can better collaborate as well as have some fun! The Chairs talk more about why our three networks are such good pals: [caption …More

How to create a PR buzz for events

By Trish Regis At the start of August, Stempra ran an event…on events. On the panel were Elaine Parr, Head of PR and Communications at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and our very own committee member Omar Jamshed, Press Officer at The Royal Society. The focus of the event was to talk about how …More

Mental health and the media – is there still stigma?

By Alice Kay  Last month, Stempra ran a fascinating event on mental health in the media, which featured a broad panel of experts including mental health press officers, scientists, and journalists. The focus of the event was whether there was still stigma in mental health coverage and this led to a lively and in-depth discussion …More

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