Buddy scheme for peer support

By Jo Kelly No matter what stage of your career you’re at, we all need a bit of support every now and again, which is why we set up the informal Stempra Buddy scheme. What's the buddy scheme? Rolled out in October 2018, the scheme is designed to match people with Stempra colleagues from different


Stempra’s best practice guide for health and biomedical research press releases

A post by Dr Claire Hastings, Chair of Stempra At Stempra, it’s our goal to ensure everyone who works in science media and public relations has the requisite skills, knowledge, professional recognition and ethical guidance to successfully negotiate the balance between attracting public interest in research and retaining accuracy and balance. This is especially important


Preprints, embargoes and the future of communicating science to the public – the debate continues…

A blog post by Dr Claire Hastings  I first wanted to re-ignite the embargo debate a couple of years ago after I, like many press officers, received an email from Eureka Alert saying the journal PNAS would no longer embargo a paper if any of the data was previously published on a preprint server. Since


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


Science news showdown

Stempra kicked off the festive season in early December with the annual science news showdown. Hosted an incredibly nervous quizmaster, teams battled it out over mulled wine, mince pies, and 6 intense rounds of science general knowledge, headlines, and appalling use of stock images. In the end, Shirt Happens claimed the spoils, and a smug


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