Event Reports

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


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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The ins and outs of freelancing

By Alice Kay A recent Stempra event, organised by our excellent Events Coordinator Emily Head, focused on a topic of high interest to a lot of our members: freelancing. A lot of Stempra members are freelancers and many more dabble in freelancing, but making the transition from permanent position to freelancer can seem daunting. We

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Weighing up evaluation in PR

By Daisy Barton Evaluation is one of the trickier and - dare we say it - neglected aspects of our work. We all have an instinctive feeling for what great impact looks like, but how do we actually evaluate the success of our work and convince the people we work with that what we’re doing

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Launching the labelling system for medical press releases

by Alice Kay You may remember that Stempra ran an event at the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) last November outlining the recommendations for press officers from the Academy’s extensive report on enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicine. One of the recommendations had been for the

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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,

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