Event Reports

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


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

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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

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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

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The March for Science: advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?

By Fiona Lethbridge On Wednesday 19 April, Stempra members gathered in the upstairs room of the Castle pub in Farringdon for a lively discussion about the March for Science - advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?. The event was chaired by Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. The speakers were author and

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Pitching to non-science journalists

By Fiona Lethbridge  On a Wednesday evening in November a group of Stempra members gathered in the Betsey Trotwood pub in Farringdon to hear from three journalists that work for outlets or on beats that we might not often think of for our science, technology, engineering or mathematics stories. We heard from James Waterhouse, a

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Press Officers Training Day 2017: A huge success!

Earlier this year, the annual Stempra Press Officer Training Day took place with over 200 eager attendees from Universities, research councils, and agencies, 19 experts featuring in 8 sessions, and eventually culminating in one big social at a nearby pub (of course). This year we were really delighted with the range of attendees, from fresh-faced

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Press Officer Training Day – feedback wanted!!

Feedback Thank you to all those who attended to POTD, we hope you enjoyed the day and found it interesting and enjoyable, in order for us to assess the day it would be extremely helpful if you could complete our short evaluation form: http://goo.gl/forms/d1JjGRo4VU Of the responses we receive one will be drawn from at

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Animal research: what does openness look like?

By Rob Dawson Animal research remains a contentious subject and some scientists are still concerned about openly discussing their research for fear of attack from campaign groups. This packed event at the Academy of Medical Sciences highlighted how these concerns are unjustified today and asked science PRs to do all that they can to encourage

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Social media toolkit

By Jess Devonport So you've got Facebook and Twitter, and you're posting posting updates and stories, but maybe you're not sure you're getting the most out of it. Well never fear, here are some apps and tools that you can use to understand your audience and create content that they will want to engage with.

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Stempra AGM 2015

Below are the minutes from our 2015 AGM: Date and time: 7.00pm Tuesday 21st April Venue: The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Rd, London, WC1X 8PN Agenda Approve minutes from 2014 AGM Update from the Chair Ed Sykes updated AGM of the events throughout the year and the work of the Committee, including: Our 10 general

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