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Terrific Scientists – Closing date for submissions 30 Nov 2016

This is an amazing opportunity to engage with school children through BBC Learning.

Our FMBH digital media team can help with making the videos – if you are intending on being part of this – please contact Dr Sheena Cruickshank (University Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research) to discuss further, in the first instance.

BBC Learning is launching a bold, ambitious science campaign aimed at inspiring primary-age teachers and their pupils through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations that every school can take part in.

We’ll also host exciting content on our website and social media channels which launch in November.

As part of this content, we’re curating a series of “Terrific Scientists” in which real life scientists like you have the chance to nominate their most inspirational scientific hero.

Children will have the chance to vote on which they think is the most “Terrific Scientist” of them all, with more in depth web content appearing around the winning scientist.

We’re keen to get a mix of male and female nominations from across disciplines and nationalities. They can be world famous or lesser known, dead or alive but the key is inspiration!

We’d like you to record a short film in the following format:

  • 30s – 45s maximum
  • Say who you are and what you do.
  • Introduce your terrific scientist. (please use the word “terrific” or phrase “terrific scientist” somewhere if you can)
  • When did they live?
  • What they did/discovered/were known for?
  • Why they inspire/d you?

Technical Stuff:

  • We’re happy with self-shot footage on a smartphone or camcorder
  • Please make sure sound/speech is legible (avoid lots of wind noise etc, use an external mic if you can)
  • Please film in LANDSCAPE mode
  • Please film down the lens (Look straight into the camera)
  • Remember, you are talking to primary age students around 10 years old
  • Please submit clips and forms to matt.gallop@bbc.co.uk using a file-sharing service of your choice

Legal Stuff:

  • We’ll use as many submissions as we can on our website as part of our campaign but might not be able to include them all
  • Please sign and return (scan and email is fine) our consent form below or we won’t be able to use your clip
  • Please avoid any corporate or other branding

Download the contribution consent form (doc).

Introduction to the News Media – 15 November 2016

We would like to invite scientists, engineers and clinicians to our next Introduction to the News Media session – Tuesday 15 November 2016, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

The event will take place from 12:30 until 17:00 with drinks afterwards.

This event is specifically geared towards scientists with little or no media experience, particularly those whose subject areas are controversial and of interest to the media, and tend to receive a lot of coverage.

Register interest: If you wish to attend this free session please send your full name, job title, institution, institutional email address and phone number to introduction@sciencemediacentre.org and we will send more information in due course.

I’m afraid I can’t reserve places without names and I would ask only for the names and addresses of confirmed attendees. Places are limited and we anticipate that the demand for places will be higher than we can accommodate.

What is involved? Science is as prominent in the news as it has ever been and it is of vital importance that issues around health and the environment for example are communicated accurately. The UK is fortunate to have some excellent science journalists, but news stories will never be covered as accurately as we want them to be without the direct involvement of the experts themselves.

Attendees will be given a beginner’s guide to the media and will hear from media-experienced scientists, news journalists, science correspondents, and press officers about the realities of the news media. Topics include:

  • how and why scientists and journalists should engage with each other
  • top tips for dealing with the media
  • how journalists find stories
  • the role of the press office
  • the role of the news editor

This event has capacity for 150 scientists and is divided into two sessions with a tea break, and includes a drinks reception at the end. Lunch will not be provided. The event is completely free of charge.

It isn’t: Skills-based media training. This session will not prepare delegates for a confrontation with John Humphrys but it will give a flavour of the media to help scientists understand its demands and make it easier for them to work with journalists.

Is it for you? These free events are designed specifically for scientists with little or no media experience and we welcome scientists, engineers and clinicians at any stage of their career in academia or industry from any institution (postdoc level or professional equivalent and above).

The sessions are especially relevant to scientists working in areas that are controversial and receive a lot of media coverage. They will be very similar to previous SMC Introduction to the Media days – so please don’t send anyone who has been to the event before.

What scientists who have previously attended say:

  • “I found it one of the most rewarding uses of an afternoon that I can remember.”
  • “I thought it was great and gave me at least five major take home points which I will use in the future.”
  • “I found the event very interesting and useful. I feel more comfortable with the idea of talking to journalists now.”
  • “I greatly enjoyed the event and really gained an appreciation for what the media goes through to get a story researched and out there.”


  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration, tea & coffee
  • 13:00 – 13:30 – Welcome address – Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager, Science Media Centre
  • 13:30 – 13:50 – Working with your press office, Jonathan Wood, Media Manager, The Francis Crick Institute
  • 13:50 – 15:00 – Journalist panel session: Oliver Moody, Science Correspondent, The Times. Jane Kirby, Health Editor, Press Association
  • 15:00 – 15:25 – Tea & coffee
  • 15:25 – 16:25 – Scientist panel session: Prof Paul Pharoah, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, Prof Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London, Dr Tim Chico, Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine & consultant cardiologist, University of Sheffield
  • 16:25 – 16:45 – ‘Top Tips’ for working with the media – Katrina Nevin-Ridley, Head of Communications, Genomics England
  • 16:45 – 17:00 – Closing remarks
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Drinks reception

Find out more about the Science Media Centre at http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/.
You can contact us at smc@sciencemediacentre.org or 020 7611 8300

British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme – closes 18 March 2016

Applications are now open for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme.

To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill out the online application form by the 18 March at http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/media-fellows-applications

The Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Any queries, please email: mediafellows@britishscienceassociation.org

BBC Media training for BAME scientists in North of England

The BBC Academy is organising a free media training/introduction to the world of broadcasting day in Salford on Thursday, the 26 February to encourage more BAME experts in the North of England to put themselves forward as experts for the media – and help increase the number of BAME experts on TV.

The BAME Talent Day will offer a range of practical media experiences including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and the opportunity to meet and network with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.

Watch the video of the BAME day in London here:

Applications are open for the BAME Talent Day in Salford, which is looking for BAME experts with recognised expertise/qualifications/experience in the following subject areas:

  • Science – all areas
  • Health
  • History
  • Performing Arts: theatre, film, music
  • Visual Arts: painting, ceramics, sculpture, design, print, photography, filmmaking
  • Literature
  • Sport – ie coaches, players, commentators
  • Children’s Broadcasting – specialists in science, coding, history, zoology, agriculture, medicine or technology who can communicate these subjects to a young audience
  • Business, Economics and Consumer Finance – experts who can demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups; consumer finance specialists who can talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders, etc

The closing date for Salford applications is 23:59 on Thursday 29 January 2015.

For more information – and details of where to send the application – see:

Claire Richmond
Managing Director: http://www.findatvexpert.com/
On the Hunt for New TV Talent – claire@findaTVexpert.com / 020 8742 2541
My TV CV: http://www.findatvexpert.com/CV/CV-8690.htm
findaTVexpert on Twitter: http://twitter.com/findaTVexpert

Naked Scientists Training for PhD Engineers – closes

Are you a PhD student with a desire to be a broadcaster too? Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Naked Scientists are offering candidates an opportunity to join their award-winning team to learn how to communicate science to broad audiences.

Over an eight week period, successful applicants will develop skills in researching and compiling science news stories, online publishing, podcasting and producing and presenting live radio programmes.

Applicants should be undertaking a PhD in an engineering-related discipline and have the approval of their project supervisor. During the period of the internship, successful candidates will receive remuneration equivalent to their PhD stipend (based on UK research-council approved rates) and it is expected that the PhD completion date will be correspondingly deferred by an amount of time equivalent to the internship duration (eight weeks).

Applications should be submitted in writing, by post, and should include a CV, supporting evidence of any previous relevant experience and a covering letter setting out the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue this training opportunity. Preferred dates, between December 2014 – September 2015, for taking up the opportunity should also be specified.

Based at Cambridge University, the Naked Scientists are a professional media creation venture producing weekly science radio programmes and podcasts that reach audiences in the millions on network radio internationally, including with the BBC.

Please address all applications to Dr Hannah Critchlow, The Naked Scientists, Dept. of Pathology, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QP.

For enquiries, please telephone 01223 761655, or email Hannah@thenakedscientists.com

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2014

Dr Hannah Critchlow, Neuroscience Editor, The Naked Scientists, University of Cambridge

Engaging with the Media – 15 October 2014, 1-2pm, Manchester Museum, Kanaris Theatre

You don’t want to miss this month’s Engagement@Manchester session where explore the topic “Engaging with the Media“. We hear from academics who have recently featured in the media on a range of topics from Ebola to Papyrus and we find out how the University press office can help you to engage with a range of media channels more successfully.

15 October 2014, 1 – 2pm, Manchester Museum, Kanaris Theatre

Our speakers include:

Everyone is welcome – no experience in engagement activities needed! Free, drop-in, bring your lunch.

And if you missed out on previous events, you can catch on the resources and talks here:

We hope to see you there.

BBC seeks experts from minority groups

The BBC is extending its search for experts from ethnic minorities working in fields that are generally underrepresented in the media.

The day-long events are looking for black, Asian or other ethnic minorities (BAME) who are experts in a field of their choosing. The events are open to men and women and will be held in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Salford between this October and March 2015.

Each city has a list of subject areas that have been identified as priorities. The events will aim to train 20 to 30 people in an introduction to broadcasting to help academics feel more comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

For more information please visit the website: www.bbc.co.uk/academy

Looking to kick-start a career in science media?

The Naked Scientists have an opening for an intern to join their award-winning team this summer.

The successful applicant, who will also receive a cash award of £1000, will spend a period of 8 – 10 weeks gaining experience in making science radio programmes and podcasts, web development, science writing, video editing and production.

“The Naked Scientists” broadcasts on BBC radio stations across the UK, and worldwide as a podcast, which is consistently near the top of the iTunes Science podcast charts in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

This internship, which is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), is open to UK-based students (including Masters and PhD students and recent graduates) who hold or are registered for a science or engineering-based University degree.

More info here: