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'Standing Up For Science' Media Guide

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 20:49
Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2006 00:00
A new media guide for early career scientists, called Standing up for Science, was launched by Sense About Science on 19 September. The lively, informal guide responds to early career scientists’ concerns and fears about how the media reports science. In addition to interviews with scientists, science journalists and press officers, it provides insights into how the media reports science and gives practical tips on how early career researchers can become more involved in public debates about science.
Standing up for Science has been put together by a group of early career scientists from across the country who are members of the Sense About Science’s Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network.

The RAS is one of the sponsorship partners for the VoYS Programme. The Society sponsored a VoYS workshop in September 2005, which gave young researchers a chance to find out more about working with the media. Speakers on the day included journalists and scientists who had experience in presenting scientific research, giving the attendees an opportunity to find out about the requirements of the media, as well as some of the potential pitfalls and problem areas that scientists have found themselves having to deal with.

Of particular interest was a presentation by Lisa Jardine-Wright, from the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, who had completed a placement at the Financial Times, working alongside the newspaper's science editor.

Following the success of the workshop, Sense about Science approached the RAS about supporting a media guide which would build on the content of the workshops and reach a much wider audience. In addition to financial support, the RAS Communications Officers were able to assist in the production of the Standing up for Science brochure by providing inputs and comments.

Standing up for Science is available on the internet at:
Free hard copies of the guide can also be obtained by contacting Frances Downey at:
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Sense About Science is a small charity promoting evidence and good science in public debates.