Tagged: science communication

New media rules hit UK government scientists - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 02, 2015

Science communication bodies have criticised a UK Government code for civil servants requiring ministerial approval before they talk to the media. Fiona Fox The UK’s Civil Service Code was updated this month requiring the pre-authorisation, which in theory also applies to scientists working for the government in units such as the Met Office and the National Institute for Biological … Read More

Right of reply – Responding to Hot Topic - Unsorted

Guest Author Mar 23, 2015

By Bryan Leyland and Dr Bob Carter We are grateful to Sciblogs for the opportunity to comment on the blog-posting by Gareth Renowden which appeared on Sciblogs. Mr. Renowden was reacting to our newspaper article “Hypothetical global warming” in the Dominion Post. He later commented on the response by Drs. Wratt, Reisinger & Renwick (WRR) to our Dominion Post … Read More

Triple S rated- sex, salmon and scicomm - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Mar 06, 2015

Milking male salmon- it’s all in the hand hold. A long time ago in a place not so far away, a young research scientist spent several weeks each colour-changing autumn ejaculating male salmon for their rich, milky sperm. It certainly wasn’t your everyday job and it wasn’t all as glamorous as it perhaps sounds. In fact it was about … Read More

Rise of the rocurs - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jan 30, 2015

Rotation curation Twitter sites are rewarding both for curators and readers. Image source: http://www.epa.gov/win/winnews/images05/0510keyboard.gif via Wikimedia Commons. Happy New Year to everyone. Mine was actually spent not in the happiest way, listening to the revelry whilst desperately seeking sleep within the confines of a completely not soundproof tent in Kaikoura. Struck down with a nasty gastro bug for two … Read More

Hyperbole from university press offices - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 11, 2014

A newly-released study suggests university press releases are a key source of hyperbole seen in science stories in media, concluding that - Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news. The study … Read More

Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More