Event Reports

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


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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STEMPRA’s Summer Social with leading UK health and science journalist

by Ed Pinches  This year’s STEMPRA social with the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the Medical Journalists’ Association (MJA) saw like-minded folks gather at The Castle in Farringdon. John von Radowitz, a leading science and health journalist whose career spanned over 30 years at the Press Association, was interviewed by Fiona Fox of

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Going Global: Securing international media coverage

by Rob Dawson Our international media event was full of top tips to help you go global. Louisa Sampson from United For Global Mental Health gave insights into their global media campaign led by people with lived experience of mental health. Stories and experiences of mental health vary dramatically from country to country and culture

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STEMPRA Purdah (Pre-Election) period write-up

by Fiona Lethbridge  On Thursday 6 June 2019 Stemprans gathered for drinks, nibbles, networking – and most importantly to discuss purdah (or the pre-election period) and what it does and doesn’t mean for press officers working on STEM stories in the weeks running up to an election.  Robin Bisson, Stempra committee member and Senior Press

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Stempra Press Officer Training Day 2019

By Emily Head This year’s Press Officer Training Day was a mammoth undertaking with 120 attendees joining us to learn about creating hype-free coverage, working with social influencers, honing the perfect pitch, and more. We kicked off with a welcome from our Chair, Claire Hastings, before getting into the statistics session where Robert Cuffe, from the BBC,

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Stempra AGM 2019: Out with old, in with the new! (Committee that is)

By Alice Kay The 2019 Stempra AGM was recently held on Monday 25 March at The Castle, Farringdon. It was great to see so many people there – around 30 members attended this year – and it was lovely to catch up with everyone over a drink and plateful of delicious pub food. It was

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Stempra AGM minutes 2019

Date and time: 7pm, Monday 25 March 2019 Venue: The Castle Farringdon, 34-35 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DB Update from the Chair CH gave an overview of the last year and a brief summary of her time as Chair. She reported a substantial increase in members – from 274 (paid-up) to 500 from Feb 2018 to Feb

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Flexible working in communications: creating a culture of good work-life balance

By Claire Hastings Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash This February Stempra examined work-life balance for people working in communications through a lunchtime panel discussion hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences. Melanie Etherton, Communications Officer at the Academy, was on the panel and here shares key tips and advice for improving work-life balance in the science communication

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Inside the journal press office

By Alice Kay Journal communications can sometimes seem like a bit of a different beast to other aspects of press work. At a recent event at the SMC, four experienced and brilliant journal press officers de-mystified their workplaces and walked Stempra members through the ins and outs of working with journals. We heard insights from

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Stempra goes North

By Beck Lockwood Our Stempra tour of northern cities arrived in Leeds this month where we got to work tackling more of PR’s most pressing challenges along with around 40 colleagues from higher education, NHS and charity organisations. Petroc Sumner, Head of the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, joined us to share early results

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