Event Reports

Summaries and highlights from our events and other industry events. To view a list of our past events, click here.


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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Working in partnership – a recipe for success

Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash On 12 November, Stempra joined forces with the Healthcare Communications Association to look at the ingredients that make a successful communications partnership. Co-hosted by the HCA’s CEO Mike Dixon and Stempra Chair Rob Dawson, the event brought together a panel of five communications experts.  Their experiences of partnerships ranged from intensive local

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Combating Misinformation: STEMPRA event write up

With WHO declaring an infodemic of false facts in the wake of COVID-19, our misinformation event aimed to give science communicators and press officer some useful tools to help combat the problem. Our first speaker was Dietram Scheufele, Taylor-Bascom Chair from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research. He started by questioning how

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Our first online event – to pitch or not to pitch?

STEMPRA goes virtual! With COVID-19 getting in the way of us all meeting in person, we’ve moved our events online – with the first on Monday 18 May with communications consultant Ruth Francis and Shane Canning, PR & media manager at the University of Edinburgh. Zooming in from all over the country we had a great

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STEMPRA AGM 2020 Minutes

Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash Our first on Zoom. The 2020 Stempra AGM was the Association’s first one held online. It was great to see so many faces on video after many of us had been working from home for a week. Thank you to all of those who logged on to join us

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Engaging Younger Audiences

Engaging younger audiences by Jonathan Cooke On 30 January 2020, 20 Stempra members came together to hear Lucy Eckersley, Sam Burne James and Dr Steve Cross as they shared the practices and techniques they employed to engage with younger audiences. The event was expertly organised and chaired by  Fareha Lasker and the speakers were engaging both

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The changing role of the science press officer

The changing role of the science press officer by Fiona Lethbridge At a sell-out event, 40 Stempra members came to hear from Fiona Fox (Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre), Clare Ryan (Head of Media Relations at Wellcome), Kirsty Walker (Director of Media Relations at UCL) and Craig Brierley (Head of Research Communications at

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STEMPRA Regional Event – Birmingham

STEMPRA comes to Brum. Stempra’s regional event came to Birmingham for the first time, bringing with it three great sessions on working with journals; pitching to journalists and podcasting. We were joined by journal communication managers Bex Walton (Nature), Emily Head (the Lancet) and Jodie Bell (Taylor & Francis) to talk about how we can

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