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Building a supportive freelance environment

Nick Renaud-Komiya organised an informal conversation over Zoom for freelance STEMPRA members on Thursday 3 February. As freelance communication professionals, many of us have faced the last couple of years with limited interactions with freelance colleagues, so this proved a really rewarding way to informally swap notes and share our experiences. Here’s a taster of

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How to read numbers: An audience with Tom and David Chivers

How to Read Numbers is a short, practical, timely guide to the tools you need to understand the numbers we read in the news every day — and how we often get them wrong. This event was an opportunity to quiz the authors, Tom and David Chivers, on reporting numbers, the common pitfalls, and what

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Misunderstanding sex differences

In a joint event with the The Association of British Science Writers, Stempra members heard from cognitive neuroscientist Professor Gina Rippon, Katy Losse and statistician Simon White about a new project promoting accurate and responsible communication of research on sex, gender and the brain.Professor Rippon described herself as and an outspoken critic of ‘neurotrash’ —

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Press Officers during the Pandemic

Press Officers during the Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has meant an unprecedented demand for science and health in the news media in 2020, but how did STEM press officers rise to this challenge? Expertly chaired by Rebecca Zeitin, a huge number of STEMPRA members virtually joined our ‘Press officers in the pandemic’ event which brought

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Publishing clinical studies in the COVID-19 era: context, impact and limitations

Photo by CDC on Unsplash A guest blog post by Sabina Alam (@Sab_Ra), Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor & Francis Group Nothing fosters collaboration like a global emergency, and this is the effect we’re experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic too. Ethics approvals procedures for research studies at various institutions have been accelerated (e.g.

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Promoting research: collaborating with other organisations

by Abigail Chard, Senior Consultant at Campus PR When an academic sends you through a paper on which she or he is main author, does your heart sink when you see a long list of collaborators from other institutions? If all institutions involved in the research want a namecheck, it can turn what is otherwise

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Communication in the face of COVID-19

Photo by CDC on Unsplash I work for the Meningitis Research Foundation and some of what we see now in terms of coronavirus communications mirrors what we see when this terrible disease strikes. When there are cases of meningitis, public health teams respond quickly and my team works hard to get accurate information out to

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