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Scimex – your go-to science news resource

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2015.

Today we started inviting journalists who work with the Science Media Centre to register on, a new portal we have been developing with our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre. Scimex replaces our Resource Library, a place where journalists could download embargoed research papers and press releases that we flag in our twice-weekly mail […]


Science Media SAVVY – science animation workshop + competition

Peter Griffin posted in on January 30th, 2015.

A one-day workshop that gives you the skills to harness off the shelf tools to create short animated videos showcasing science concepts in innovative, entertaining and informative ways. WHERE: CQ Hotel Conference Venue, Wellington (Note – a second animation research is scheduled for Auckland in April – date and venue TBC) WHEN: 9am – 5pm, […]

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Scientists – our newsrooms need you!

Peter Griffin posted in on January 12th, 2015.

Back in 2008 when we set up the Science Media Centre, there were hardly any journalists with a science background in newsrooms and the science round in general was in decline. Nearly seven years on, the situation has changed for the better. The Dominion Post and The Press both have weekly science pages and the […]

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A celebration of science communication

Peter Griffin posted in on December 12th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre and the Science Communicator’s Association (SCANZ) on Tuesday celebrated a year which saw some major developments in science communication efforts in New Zealand. The Government’s Science in Society Strategy has for the first time put a comprehensive focus on science communication and engagement efforts, from science education, to citizen science to upskilling […]

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Public attitudes to science and technology – key takeaways

Peter Griffin posted in on December 4th, 2014.

The latest Nielsen survey to gauge New Zealanders’ attitudes towards science and technology is the largest and most thorough one yet and reveals much to be positive about but also several areas of concern. Nielsen surveyed a representative sample of 3,004 New Zealanders over the age of 15, (2,504 online and 500 by phone), asking them […]

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Saluting a science communication star – Dr Michelle Dickinson

Peter Griffin posted in on December 2nd, 2014.

by Peter Griffin, SMC Manager University of Auckland nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communications Prize, a prestigious award that comes with $100,000 in prize money, making it one of the most lucrative science communication accolades in Australasia – if not the world. It is fantastic that the Prime Minister, year after […]

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Experts shine in fight against junk science

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2014.

It was a week when climate change denial, a “miracle” ebola cure and homeopathy grabbed headlines. But by and large it was also a week where the media laid out the evidence and featured expert commentary putting the science behind the claims in perspective. Shaun Holt The pending arrival in New Zealand of Genesis II […]

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SMC teams with Canon Media Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2014.

The Science Media Centre has agreed a three-year deal with the Canon Media Awards to sponsor three new science and technology journalism categories in the print and online media industry’s premiere awards showcase. The new categories, which replace previous science and environment awards, will kick off in 2015 and recognise the best science and technology […]

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Quality agricultural journalism rewarded

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2014.

I recently had the pleasure of judging the broadcast category of the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators’ media awards, which were announced in Wellington on Friday night. Radio New Zealand rural reporter Benedict Collins not only won the broadcast category but was the supreme winner on the night taking out the Ospri New […]

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Five lessons from the SMC experience

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 5th, 2014.

When it comes to communicating science, what works? What doesn’t? As part of World Science Week in Auckland last week, Peter Griffin, Founder and Manager of the New Zealand Science Media Centre, and Fiona Fox, Founding Director of the UK Science Media Centre, shared their views and thoughts on the SMC model and the science […]

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